Rahman Gumbo appointed Chicken Inn coach

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FORMER Highlanders and Warriors coach, Rahman Gumbo, was on Tuesday appointed as coach of defending champions Chicken Inn replacing Joey Antipas who has signed a contract with South Africa’s National First Division side Amazulu.
Gumbo, who won several league titles in Malawi and Botswana after having also lifted the championship with Highlanders, will assume duty on July 1.
Antipas is also expected to assume his new post at Amazulu in South Africa the same day. A number of names had cropped up following the announcement that Antipas had been given the job to lead Amazulu in their bid for promotion into the elite league.
Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa, former Highlanders coach Madinda Ndlovu and former Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya had also been touted as possible replacements.
But the club leadership announced on Tuesday they had settled for Rahman Gumbo to lead the team.
Gumbo who worked with Antipas before at Motor Action said he was happy to be appointed coach of Chicken Inn. He said his aim was to take the Gamecocks to another level.
“We have worked together before (with Antipas) and we are very close friends and I don’t think it is going to be a problem,” Gumbo said yesterday. “Our philosophy is almost the same. The transition of me taking over from him is going be smooth.”
“My targets are really higher than what I expect from myself. I always like to say the sky is the limit,” said the former Warriors coach.
 “I want to do more than what I did before when I was in the local league and Chicken Inn qualified to play in the Champions League and I have been there before. I want to go a step higher with Chicken Inn. But I have got to know the players first and the players to know me better, then we can set our targets to say let’s defend the championship or something like that.”
Gumbo was particularly delighted at the opportunity fo return to Bulawayo where he was successful both as a player and coach with Highlanders.
“It feels good to be back in Bulawayo after such a long time. I think I left this city in 2001. It’s good to be here and joining a team like Chicken Inn, the defending champions in Zimbabwe. It is a bit of a challenge and that is why I accepted the offer. Chicken Inn is becoming a brand and I want to grow with that brand. To be quite frank, I am one of the big coaches in this country and I know there are a lot of expectations from me which I think is another challenge
that I am really willing to take up and wrap up with Chicken Inn. I had several offers which I was considering, but Chicken Inn came up with a better offer and I found it hard to resist and one other advantage is that they are based in my home town.”Advertisement