Arthur ‘Tuts’ Tutani has joined Ruyamuro Northern Region Soccer League side Shamva Mine FC just days after resigning as Simba Bhora assistant coach.
Shamva Mine chairman Tanaka Wonenyika confirmed the appointment of Tutani as a replacement for Ralph Kawondera saying they believe that the former Simba Bhora coach is the right candidate to make them achieve their targets because of his track record.
” I’m pleased to announce that we have appointed Arthur Tutani as our head coach. The target this season is to help the team survive relegation and then build up for the title challenge next year. We really want to push our brand as Shamva Mine through football,” Wonenyika said.
“We enjoy good support from our sponsors Rene Mining & Industrial Supplies and Shamva Gold Mine a member of Kuvimba Mining House. With such good sponsorship we should be fighting for the title and aim to be in the top flight league hence the decision to bring in Arthur Tutani a serial title winner in the Northern Region Soccer League.”
Tutani who has won five Northern Region Soccer League titles before, three as head coach at Mwana Africa, Sporting Lions and Simba Bhora and two as assistant coach at Monomotapa and Black Rhinos said he is relishing the challenge at Shamva Mine.
“I’m not expecting a lot of big things at the moment, my main objective is to save the team from relegation,” Tutani said.
“The team has campaigned in the relegation zone for the better part of the first half of the season and now we have to push up in the second half of the season. I’m going to use this period before the resumption of the league to make the players understand my philosophy. Then from next year, I will assemble a team that will be good enough to fight for the league title.”
Tutani who is dubbed the D-1 King in football circles, also thanked his former club Simba Bhora for the time that he was with the team and for enhancing his CV.
“I would also like to thank Simba Bhora FC for giving me the opportunity to grow my career with them. I won the title last season with them which enhanced my CV. So I want to thank everyone at the club from the fans, the players, fellow coaches and special mention to the big man Simba ‘Buju’ Ndoro. I say thank you for believing in me, I will always cherish the moments.”
At Shamva Mine, Tutani will reunite with his former captain at Simba Bhora Brighton Tuwaya as well as striker Nicholas Alifandika. Tutani’s first assignment will be a home fixture against PAM FC at Shamva Mine stadium. Shamva Mine are fourth from bottom with 17 points, just a point behind Karoi United who occupy the safe position slot.
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