MONOMOTAPA have fired their coach Taurai Mangwiro amid reports of a row between the coach, the players and the club’s executive. Mangwiro was relieved of his duties on Tuesday after conducting the team’s training session at Alex Sports Club.
The former Dynamos midfielder joined Monoz three-and-a-half seasons ago as an assistant to Rodwell Dhlakama before he was elevated to become head coach before the end of the 2010 season.
Sources said Mangwiro was fired after some members of the executive felt that he had failed to control players who were demanding outstanding bonuses from three matches.
Both parties tried to be diplomatic in the fallout with Monoz chairman, Joseph Mukoki, conceding that they had parted ways.
“We have parted ways amicably with Mangwiro. Before the start of the season, we set targets and we again reviewed the targets with five games before the end of the first half.
“Generally, we felt that with the resources we have our team should be at the top, close to Highlanders or so.
“We then set another meeting this time and asked the coach if he was still equal to the task and he decided to resign,” said Mukoki.
Mukoki said the Monoz executive accepted the coach’s position and have appointed Biggie Zuze as the acting head coach.
Mukoki believes that Mangwiro failed to transform Monomotapa into a consistent outfit.
Mangwiro, a former Under-20 national team coach, has previously been linked with a move to Dynamos. I do not have anything in mind at the moment because this has come so sudden.
“Looking back, I had some good moments to cherish, but the sad moment was when we lost 5-0 to Gunners and 5-1 to Hwange,” said Mangwiro By Sbue