The Sunday News
Fungai Muderere, Senior Sports Reporter
RELEGATION is never good, but it isn’t always an indictment of quality!
A question that begs an answer is what went wrong at Bulawayo City FC given the talent that is now flourishing at other clubs is almost a dozen.
Plenty of quality players have been relegated and over the years, and in Zimbabwe the past season, has been no exception as relegation from the top flight is a sobering experience.
Not only do you swap Barbourfields Stadium for Luveve B Arena and National Sports Stadium for Morris Depot Stadium as you are usually forced to wave goodbye to so much.
Such has been the case for ex-local Premiership side Bulawayo City who have watched their players attain varying degrees of success at Zimbabwe’s elite football sides.
As a result, it is no wonder that ex-Bulawayo City coach, Farai Tawachera, now with Chicken Inn, is feeling on top of the world as he has watched his former charges produce some top drawer performances for various top outfits in the on-going 2023 season.
Tawachera gave the boys a platform to market themselves with a decent 30 points from 20 matches after inheriting a City side that had a paltry five points from 14 matches under Philani “Beefy” Ncube.
From Elsharmaar Farasi, Melikhaya Ncube, Reward Muza at Highlanders, Vincent Moyo, Mpumelelo Bhebhe, Dominic Jaricha, Genius Mutungamiri and Dumoluhle Lunga at Gamecocks, Brighton Makopa, Shadreck Sithole, Lucas Sibanda and trialist Tendai Mvuti at Hwange, Nqobile Ndlovu and Wilfred Munhorweyi at Greenfuel, Elton Sibanda at Sheasham and Nyasha Gurende, the boys have done well their new paymasters.
Joining the list of outstanding players that are making their former coach at City happier are Welcome “Waroowa” Ndiweni and Obadiah Tarumbwa who now play for Southern Region One Clubs Adachi and ZPC Hwange respectively.
“I have never doubted these boys. They all have the ability to go far. I’m happy they can take any team far. They fit in any environment and they have proved to be really quality players,” said Tawachera.
He added: “Bulawayo City is a project that should have gone places and my heart bleeds for that. It really pains me that the project is no longer in existence after having such quality players. We were polishing up everything at at a club where I got all the necessary football support.”
He said it was a pity he took over at Bulawayo City with odds already suggesting to the negative.
“In the second half of the season, it was pleasing to note that we were one of the teams that managed to pick up the most number of points. If only we could have come earlier, I guess it was going to be a different story. We could have avoided relegation.”
Tawachera, is a former City coach who also previously worked with now defunct PSL outfit Tsholotsho FC and Bulawayo Chiefs.–@FungaiMuderere