9 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Ndabambi to Join Gunners

NOMADIC coach Partson Ndabambi is set to join former Premier Soccer League champions Gunners as technical advisor, as the club begins new life in the Northern Region Division One league this season. Ndabambi, who was in charge of another relegated side Blue Rangers last season, attended Gunners' training sessions at La Farge this week when the team started their pre-season training.

However, the deal to bring Ndabambi is still to be completed.

The diminutive coach will replace well-travelled Moses Chunga, who left the club when they were relegated last season and is now understood to be on his way to Hippo Valley.

Gunners are keen for a quick return to the Premier Soccer League hence the decision to beef up their technical team. Thanks Tengwe remains the head coach.

Ndabambi could not commit himself to discussing the impending move but Tengwe confirmed discussions were going on.

"Yes, Partson has been at our practice sessions this week. I understand he should be coming in as technical advisor but that is still being worked out.

"So I cannot say much about that other than that we are bracing ourselves for a challenging battle to regain promotion," said Tengwe.

Gunners were relegated last year after losing the battle for survival on goal difference to end an eventful five-year flirtation in the top-flight league, which saw them being crowned champions in 2009.

The relegation came at a price as they have lost six key players -- Munyaradzi Muchenje, Wellington Kamudyariwa, Willard Gondo, Ishmael Lawe, Byron Madzokere and captain Pardon Chinungwa -- who decided to stay in the PSL.

However, the club has managed to retain most of the players from last season who include goalkeeper Prosper Chigumba, Munyaradzi Kunyarimwe, Fungai Chirinda, Valentine Ndaba, Tapiwa Dephistara and Tapiwa Mangezi.

But Gunners, who have been consistent in nurturing and grooming young talent over the years, could lose more players during the pre-season as coaches and other clubs always keep a keen eye on the talented youngsters at the club.

"It's almost like starting afresh. So far we have confirmed six players that we have lost but the good thing is we still have the bulk of them. We also have more players in our junior structures whom we hope to promote this year," said Tengwe.

Despite the setback of losing some of their key players, Gunners are still hoping to hold their own in the difficult Division One competition.

"It's not going to be an easy thing for the players to adjust to this new scenario.

"Most of them had got used to playing in the Premiership and the feeling of playing in the second tier would surely affect them.

"They can easily get demoralised so we need to prepare them mentally before we start," said Tengwe.

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