‘Please Remove Me From Coach Of Year Award Shortlist’ – Sunday Chidzambwa

Warriors Coach, Sunday Chidzamwa, has asked the organisers of the Annual National Sports Awards (ANSA) to remove his name from the 2018 Coach of the Year category.

His name was added into the final three-person short-list after a South African rowing coach was removed for not being eligible as only Zimbabweans can be awarded. The three finalists were rugby Sevens coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba, women’s netball mentor Lloyd Makunde and the rowing coach Rachel Davis. Chidzambwa, it is said, was added to “window dress the nominations”

Said Chidzambwa:

I am not the kind of person who is chasing awards but someone who is trying to achieve something for his country and, right now, all the focus is on us getting that result we want to qualify for the next AFCON finals in Egypt

Our big game, which will decide our fate, is just around the corner and this is a crucial period for us because we have so many things on our plate, looking at the players who should be considered, monitoring the form of our players and also hoping that injuries don’t rob us of our main players.

’So, against that background, I think it is very unfair that my name is being dragged into controversy that has nothing to do with me and that is deflecting our focus because, as you are aware in these days of social media, a lot of things are then said and some of them are quite negative.

For your information, I’m not interested in that award, I never went into coaching to win awards but to win football games, win championships and try and take the national team as far as possible. ‘’My appeal to those who are organising the awards is that they should not consider me for the award because my interest is not in that area and I don’t want to be a source of controversy because it’s creating a sideshow that we can do without at such a crucial phase of our campaign

More: The Herald

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