Caps United Assistant Coach Mark Mathe who is reported to be on his way to the recently downgraded Premier Soccer League side, Harare City, has played down the move reports under the guise of “off season rumours”.
By SportBrief Reporter
Mathe who was responding to SportBrief inquiries labelled the reports as false pronouncements instigated by off-season speculative trends.
“It’s not true at all, these are just off season rumours,” Mathe refuted the reports.
But according to reliable sources, Mathe who has enjoyed success both at local and continental level with Caps United in 2016/17 under Lloyd Chitembwe is set to reunite with his former partner in coaching, Mark Harrison at Harare City as assistant coach.
“Harrison has roped in former Makepekepe assistant coach Mark Mathe as his assistant at the Division one side,” the source revealed.
The duo’s working relationship can be traced back at Caps United where they worked together under the same set-up, Mathe assistant to Harrison.
The latest development at Harare City followed the sacking of the entire coaching staff led by Philani Beef Ncube.
Although Ncube and his colleagues scooped the second best accolade in the top flight league, the Chibuku Super Cup, their failure to serve the team from the muddy waters of relegation in 2017 sparked the dismissal move.
The move could be Mathe’s way out of the frosty relationship he is purported to have endured at Green Machine under Chitembwe.
Rumour has it that the duo at one time needed the executive’s intervention to resolve their sharp differences.
“Mathe has been having an uneven relationship with Caps United coaching staff led by Chitembwe. At one time the two’s issues had to be ironed out by the executive,” a source privy to the two’s differences revealed on condition of anonymity.
Since then, Mathe wanted out of the Green Machine.
In another development at Sunshine City Boys, the club’s hopes of an early return to the top-flight league might have been dashed after the club hierarchy decided to release a number of their senior players.
Martin Vengesayi is among the senior players released by the club.
Other players include former Dynamos goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, Warren Dube, Honey Chimutimunzeve and Welcome Ndiweni.
Jimmy Tigere, Peace Tshuma and Kuda Kumwala’s contracts were not renewed upon expiry.