Old Miltonians Coach Calls it Quits
... As Team Fails to Fulfill ICL Fixture
Old Miltonians head coach, Paradzai Matsika has called it quits citing personal issues with the club that need to be resolved first before he can reconsider his decision.
This comes as the team also failed to fulfill its Intercity Rugby League fixture against Harare Sports Club in Harare over the past weekend.
Matsika has since distanced himself from any of the club’s activities until the outstanding issues are resolved.
“Yes I am no longer involved with OMs and until some personal issues are addressed I have nothing to do with the club,” Matsika said.
Club chairman, Martin Shone, initially expressed ignorance on the issue saying everything was in order with the club but later confirmed that there is a minor misunderstanding with the coach who is finding it difficult to balance his personal businesses and coaching the club.
On the Club’s failure to fulfill their fixture against Harare Sports Club, Shone said it was solely a financial challenge attributed to failure by the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) to pay the club its outstanding monies from previous games.
“We didn’t fail to travel to Harare but we asked Noddy (Kanyangarara) if we can postpone the match because we were not able to travel as funds were not allowing,” he said.
“When guys are travelling we need money for things like breakfast, lunch and some drinks, about three meals for the day and we cannot travel without that and so our funds were not allowing, we had been actually communicating with Noddy throughout the week on the issue,” Shone said.
He added that the Union owes the club about US$125 from their last encounter against Gweru, after the two clubs shared the travelling expenses using their own funds which the Union was supposed to reimburse.
Shone also dismissed some of the messages doing rounds on social media that the club had failed to put together a team saying they have more than enough players.