ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka has taken a swipe at the club leadership for being “unprofessional,” leading to his suspension last week.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
Chaminuka was suspended for four games as the club cited his spending more time with a national Under-23, poor form and verbal attack on referee Makonese Masakadza which drew PSL sanctions.
Chaminuka narrowly missed the league title last season, falling on the last day of the season to eventual champions Dynamos.
He claimed the club’s first ever medal by settling for bronze in the Independence Cup last month.
Chaminuka said the club chiefs had long tried to push him out since last season when they were on the verge of league glory.
“We were soldiering on since last season but the environment was not conducive for us to work,” Chaminuka said.
“We were sabotaged on many occasions by some unprofessional people and it was a miracle that we pulled through to the end amid the distractions. We would travel back and forth between Kariba and Harare numerous times when logic would be to let the players stay in Harare. Players were always fatigued but they gave their all.”
He was said to have been approached by Dynamos and Triangle during pre-season.
“I even received job offers from many clubs but I turned them down because I loved my work here although the conditions were not favourable. During pre-season they did not even support on recruiting players. I do not think sane leaders can afford to have a player like Limited Chikafa leave us after he was the second top goal-scorer last season as well as the third best player in the league.
He vowed never to go back if the club decided to extend a reprieve after the four games.
“I actually feel relieved than aggrieved right now,” said Chaminuka.
“I was a slave at ZPC. My coaching ability is never doubted and I will get a new job soon. Even if they want me to come back I will never accept such an offer. I am done with them. I have a reputation to protect and I do not want to spoil my CV. I am happy I leave them with a team that I built and I wish them the best.”
Chaminuka declined to name the people he accused of sabotaging the team and ZPC Kariba chairman Munyaradzi Nduna could not be reached for comment.