Today offers him a chance as he; together with assistant coach Alois Bunjira and Rodwell Dhlakama, lead the CAPS United troops in the Castle Lager premiership match against long-time rivals Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium.
Jongwe, who at face value does not inspire confidence as a coach, has joined the team at an opportune time as a win against Dynamos would endear him with the CAPS faithful who suffered a heartbreak after Tawanda Muparati’s last minute goal in the first leg gave Dynamos the edge three weeks ago.
In-spite of having changed their drivers with the resignation of coach Moses Chunga to rejoin Gunners, and the coming in of Jongwe and company, the objective still remains the same — revenge.
The coach came face-to-face with the crudeness of the derby on Thursday when he got involved in a scuffle with Dynamos striker Murape Murape on Thursday as the two clashed over the rights of training at the match venue.
According to witnesses, obscenities were exchanged with Murape threatening Jongwe with a beating before locking out the CAPS United team.
The intervention of Sports and Recreation Commission officials saved the day.
However, on Friday, both teams trained at the match venue with Dynamos training in the stadium while United used the B Arena.
“To us, this is just one of the 30 matches the club is supposed to play. Like all the games we have to win and I am sure we will prevail,” he said.
However, he leads a heavily depleted side into battle with the absence of combative former Dynamos midfielder Ashley Rambanepasi (knee injury), Pride Tafirenyika (ankle injury), Clive Kawinga (ankle injury) and the duo of David Sengu and Edmore Chafungamoyo who are both serving suspensions after being red carded in the team’s aborted match against Gunners last weekend.
“We registered close to 30 players and I am sure they are ready to fight for the CAPS United cause,” Jongwe tried to downplay his team’s predicament.
Jongwe can however look up to Marvel Samaneka and Tendai Samanja to fill the gap in the middle of the park.
“They will have to wait for us to make another mistake,” declared Edmore Sibanda, who casted a sorry sight when he openly wept after his side’s loss to Dynamos.
On the other hand, Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa expressed confidence that his charges, who are also chasing the BancABC Sup8r trophy will stream roll past United.
“Save for the David Kutyauripo and Denver Mukamba who is serving a suspension, everyone in the team is ready. Guthrie Zhokinyi is also back in the team and so has Wonder Sithole.
“It is unfortunate that we are not in a position to field players such as (Cuthbert) Malajila and Nathan Ziwini as we are still sorting out their papers. Also Milton Makopa has a light knock which might rule him out,” he said.