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Zimbabwe National Soccer Coach Chidzambwa Jumps to Freestate Stars, S. Africa

Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwa was introduced Tuesday to his new team, South Africa's Freestate Stars, and was expected to be in charge of the squad when the South African Premier League kicks off next month

The coach of Zimbabwe's national soccer team has resigned from the Warriors and taken employment with the Freestate Stars Of South Africa, football sources said Tuesday.

Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwa was introduced to his new team in South Africa on Tuesday and was expected to join the club when the South African Premier League kicks off in June. Zimbabwean players in the club said they were excited about Chidzambwa's appointment as head coach and see it as an inspiration to excel.

Zimbabwe Football Association Chief Executive Henrietta Rushwaya confirmed Chidzambwa’s departure but said she could not explain his abrupt departure. Sports observers pointed to financial considerations.

Zimbabwe's next international engagement is the weekend of 21-23 May against Seychelles in the African Nations Championship involving locally-based players of the national team. Chidzambwa was supposed to be leading the national squad so sports fans will be closely watching how the Warriors fare without him.

Former national team coach Charles Mhlauri told VOA Studio7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye ZIFA needs to put its house in order so that it can attract sponsors to properly compensate and retain top coaches.