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» » Can Nhumwa be what Manica Diamonds need?

…Gem Boys appoint him head coach

Clayton Shereni
After producing what could be Manica Diamonds FC’s best run so far in the elite topflight league, Gem Boys have reportedly opted to appoint Johannes ‘Dutch Mentor’ Johannes Nhumwa as their substantive coach, TellZim has learnt.
Nhumwa, who was Masomere’s assistant and one of his most trusted lieutenants, seems to be striking the right chords with a fair run in his five outings on the hot seat.
Manica have been looking for a substantive coach in recent weeks to take over the reins, with a number of high profile coaches like Lloyd Mutasa, Lloyd Chigowe and Kelvin Kaindu reportedly expressing interest.
However, Nhumwa stood a better chance considering that he has been familiar with the players at Manica since the club’s formation.
Nhumwa can also provide an effective recipe to escape relegation and has been producing fair results since assuming the caretaker role.
Contacted for comment, Nhumwa confirmed the developments but said the deal was yet to be finalised as he is yet to put pen on paper.
“I am still the coach and still in charge and I am no longer interim now from our arrangement but we haven’t yet gone through our papers,” said Nhumwa.
Nhumwa has claimed 10 points in five matches with three wins, one draw and one lose at the hands of Caps Utd.
He takes over from Luke Masomere whom he deputised since the formation of the club last season.
Masomere and Nhumwa made history by getting promoted into PSL with some games to spare and without losing a single match.
However, Masomere seems to have found it hard to cope with the competition in the country’s most decorated league which is different from Division One action.
The two have worked together a number of times with one of their most prominent assignments being their PSL job with How Mine FC.
The Gem Boys will this weekend face a stern test against third-placed Chicken Inn FC –  popularly known as Gamecocks – in Bulawayo where Nhumwa hopes to continue pleasing his paymasters.

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