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MBABANE – As the gates opened for sacked Green Mamba coach Herbert Maruwa at Mbabane Highlanders, they shut down on his fellow countryman Terisayi Changara who was shown the door yesterday.

As exclusively reported by this newspaper yesterday that Highlanders, who had been in a search for a coach for the last three months or so have turned their attention to Maruwa, he was the man in charge as of yesterday morning at Mhlambanyatsi Club where the black and white ensemble trains.

Just when you would expect to see Changara working along with the new Zimbabwean coach, he was nowhere to be seen at the training ground. Interestingly, in an earlier Whatsapp conversation with Changara, he had been ready to go to training even saying they were starting at 9am. “They didn’t tell me anything. Maybe they want him to work with Barnes and Sipho but if they, say I can go, no problem, but if I can stay its cool,” he had said when asked if he was aware Maruwa was joining the club at training. However, he did not turn up at the training base following his official release by Highlanders. Asked again later on the day, he confirmed his was relieved of his duties.

“There’s nothing I can say but thank the team for such an experience of coaching the biggest team of Highlanders’ calibre. When I arrived at the team, I came as an assistant and wasn’t ready to accept the role of leading it so soon but I hope after all I did a good job, only luck wasn’t on my side,” he said.

He said under the circumstances, he was adamant he tried his level best for the club. Changara joined Highlanders a few games into the first round this season as departed coach Meck Mwase’s assistant but the latter left unceremoniously, leaving him in charge until last Sunday when he lost 2-3 to Royal Leopard.
Highlanders General Manager David Litchfield could note immediately be reached for comment.

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