Ray Bande Senior Reporter
BUFFALOES’ coach Shadreck ‘Father’ Mugurasave has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect after a poor streak of results that saw the army outfit collecting a single point out of a possible 18 in their recent six Zifa Eastern Region Division One League assignments.Mugurasave has since been replaced by former Africa Trust gaffer Leonard Jombe.
Buffaloes secretary general Josiah Borerwe confirmed that changes in their technical department.
“We sat as an executive because we could not just relax while the team continues to lose points. There was a crisis and that explains why the team only managed to get a single point in the recent six league matches.
“That is an unacceptable situation and we thought we should do something about it. We then decided to replace coach Shadreck Mugurasave with Leonard Jombe.
“We believe that Jombe is a good coach who can add value to our team,” said Borerwe.
The Buffaloes’ spokesperson said his team has not yet lost in the race for the sole Premiership promotion ticket and there is still everything to play for even though Manica Diamonds maintains a runaway 13 point lead at the summit of the log standings.
“Yes, we have dropped crucial points along the way but those that have been in football will tell you that it is not over until it’s over.
“We believe we are still part of the championship chasing pack and if we manage to win all our remaining matches hoping that those above us lose points along the way, we can still end up winners of this race,” said Borerwe.
However, winning the championship this year would be something next to a miracle for Buffaloes given that they are a massive 22 points behind log leaders and favourites Manica Diamonds.
The departure of hands-on administrator cum technical official Ticha Zikai from Buffaloes early this year to take up the post of team manager at Manica Diamonds, let alone the limited resources at their disposal, must have also affected their approach to race for the title.