Former Chippa coach Mapeza linked with return to SA

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Former Chippa United coach Norman Mapeza has been linked to a return to South Africa.

According to a Zimbabwean publication, Mapeza is on the radar of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, who are preparing for their maiden topflight league season since taking over the Bidvest Wits franchise.

Mapeza’s manager Gibson Mahachi last week revealed to NewsDay that three elite South African teams, among them Tshakuma, were targeting the ex-Chippa United coach.

Lucky Nelukau has been at the helm of Tshakhuma on an interim basis since the sacking of Vladislav Henric, after a rough patch with the club. However, the club is looking to reinforce its technical department, with Mapeza emerging as one of the front runners.

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila spokesperson Tshidino Ndou confirmed that Mapeza was one of their prime targets. “Yes, he (Mapeza) is one of the potential candidates. There is about 15 coaches being considered,” he said.

Mapeza dumped the Chilli Boys barely two weeks before Covid-19 slammed the door on football in March after only five months in charge. He had taken over PSL’s hottest seat last year in September, replacing Duran Francis, who briefly joined the Eastern Cape side for 13 days following the sacking of Clinton Larsen.

He oversaw 20 games for the Port Elizabeth side in all competitions – eight wins, eight defeats and four draws.

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