Gweru — FORMER ZIMBABWE international Godfrey Tamirepi has been appointed as the head coach of Premiership debutants Hardbody, taking over from Tavaka Gumbo.
Hardbody spokesman Gumbo Wellington Ngulube said Tamirepi's appointment was with immediate effect and his mandate would be to oversee the Gweru outfit's remaining league games with a mission to survive relegation.
"We have appointed Tamirepi to take charge of Hardbody's remaining 16 games and his mandate is to help the team survive relegation. If he impresses we will renew his contract," said Ngulube at a press conference held at Midlands Hotel in Gweru.
"I am happy to take over the reins at Hardbody and I am going to bring a strategy and my challenge is to make sure that the team survives and I am going to be aggressive.
"I have already identified players that I will be adding to the team and I am also anticipating to register my first win against Buffaloes on Sunday.
"I know a lot of guys refused to take the offer as you can either revive or worsen things. I am, however, appealing to the fans to come on board and support the team so that we can survive relegation together," said Tamirepi.
Tamirepi will be assisted by Conrad Nyambabvu, who was an assistant coach at DSTV Rangers.
The former Zimbabwe international has previously taken charge of Ziscosteel, Midlands Cables and Lancashire Steel.
He also coached in Botswana where he was in charge of Tafic Sporting club, Botswana Meat Supply (BMC) and Killer Giants.
The former Zimbabwe right winger made a name of himself when he played alongside the likes of Nelson Bandura, Joe Mugabe, George Nechironga and Ian Matondo in the Young Warriors.
He later graduated to the senior national team which was under Ghanaian coach Ben Koufie and the late Armando Ferreira.
The 43-year-old mentor once applied for the national team's coach job but he was not considered.
He quit Ziscosteel last month after an alleged interference from the executive on team selection.
Tamirepi will, however, have a huge task to instill discipline in the Watosvorwa camp and turn into a comeptitive side the team that Gumbo guided into the top-flight.
Hardbody are currently lying in 14th place on the log standings with just three wins from 14 games and have managed just 10 points out of a possible 42. Former coach Gumbo had a lot of talent at his disposal in Michael Mageja, Alick Marime, Callisto Maheya, Richard Jongwe, Malvern Nyakabangwe and goalkeeper Alexander Useni but he was failing to win matches at home, which included suffering unconvincing defeats at the hands of struggling Black Mambas.
Patrick Chakwanda, who was the chairman for the league debutants, also announced that he was stepping down from his post during yesterday's press citing work commitments for his decision to quit the club.
"I am working in Bulawayo and I am not able to attend the two meetings which are held twice a week and I also can't travel to away matches," said Chakwanda who
has already been replaced by Usumani Matimati.
Meanwhile, one of Hardbody's co-directors Takesure Sibanda also opened his heart as he looks for ways to save his favourite team that he invested a lot of money into.
"We have financial challenges as a team and I am calling upon other players in Gweru and the whole of Midlands, be it corporates, to come and chip in.
"We are prepared to brand and anyone who needs shares in the club can come and buy them because we want the team to do well and remain in Midlands for the community," said Sibanda. Harrison Matimati is the other director. I would also like to apologise to the fans to the losses we have suffered at the hands of Black
Mambas, Blue Rangers, FC Platinum and Monomotapa and as they say that new brooms sweep clean, we hope to get some positive results from our new coach," he said.