Ngezi Platinum Stars leave a trail of destruction

By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor

AMBITIOUS Premier Soccer League side, Ngezi Platinum Stars have left a trail of destruction in their quest for silverware since their promotion in 2016.

The ambitious premier soccer league side joined the top flight in 2016 and surprised all by winning the Chibuku Super Cup that same year.

In 2017, they finished third in the league before becoming runners up a season later.

However, during the final stretch the Mhondoro-based side fired then head coach Tonderai Ndiraya under unclear circumstances with five games to go and the club in second place.

Ndiraya had a genuine chance to win the league and what surprised many was why the club decided to end their two and half-year romance with a coach who had clearly progressed in the league.

Ndiraya would be the first in a trail of destruction that the club has left along the way in a supposed quest for silverware.

Two years later, Jeremiah Gasitene, who was the club’s chairman, was allegedly forced out after some boardroom misunderstandings.

Gasitene was replaced by Dr Silence Gavi in 2020 who would leave office the following year, with the chairmanship post being taken by incumbent Leonard Musariri.

The club recently parted ways with long-serving Chief Executive Officer, Nyasha Kadenge under acrimonious circumstances.

The technical side has seen its fair share of departures with the club having forced out coach Rodwell Dhlakama a few months ago.

Dhlakama was allegedly accused of player corruption and the coach was sent on a leave of absence before he was forced out, although the club failed to find any evidence to the allegations.

In a written response, Ngezi Platinum said changes that have taken place within the technical team were driven by the need to ensure alignment of individuals to the club’s vision, ethos and values, rather than the teams performance on the field of play, adding that technical team members’ contracts are linked to that of the head coach, thus they automatically lapse should the coach leave for any reason.

Benjani Mwaruwari has since taken over, but the club is yet to address the issue of other members of the Dhlakama technical team who had running contracts, with rumours circulating that the club is forcing them to take three months’ pay and leave yet their contracts still had two years to run.