Zimbabwe’s most accomplished mentor saw his Black Leopards side beat Bay United 2-0 on Saturday for a 2-0 aggregate. The club was from the Absa Premiership in 2008. Black Leopards and Bay United had played a goalless draw in the first leg of the Premiership play offs in midweek hosted by United.
Chidzambwa’s Limpopo based side got a goal in each half from Raymond Manana and Mongezi Bebe to ensure Chidzambwa’s return to the Premiership. Chidzambwa started his career in South African football as coach of Premiership club Free State Stars which he quit after three matches.
Chidzambwa’s success with the first division side also adds another cap to his feather after leading little Black Leopard team to the final of the Nedbank Cup which the first division side lost 3-1 to top South Africa club Orlando Pirates who also went on to win the top prize in South African football, the Absa Premiership.
Chidzambwa is the first Warriors coach to lead the country to African Cup of Nations appearance that took place in Tunisia in 2004 and also the first Zimbabwean to reach the Caf Champions League final following his success with Dynamos in 1998.
Since then, no Zimbabwean club has reached the final of any Pan African football competition with Dynamos nearly coming closer to that in 2008 when they reached the semi finals under the coaching guidance of David Mandigora.
Chidzambwa has two Cosafa Senior Challenge titles with the Warriors and his brother Misheck added another to the four regional championships that Zimbabwe has won since the tournament was introduced in 1997.