MARK Harrison, who quit CAPS United in a huff last week, has vowed never to coach in Zimbabwe again.
BY SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
The Briton, who was unveiled as new coach of Botswana beMobile Premier League side Township Rollers this week told NewsDay Sport he had been through a tough time and was not interested in returning to Zimbabwe.
“With due respect to Caps United, I don’t think I would want to go back to Zimbabwe. The players and supporters were phenomenal. The relationship I had with the players was second to none, probably the best of my career. It was a massive decision for me to pull away,” he said.
He said the financial crisis at Caps forced him out and said he had suffered a lot during the “turmoil” at the Green Machine.
“The damage had been done to me and my family. I felt a new start was necessary,” he said.
Harrison dismissed reports which linked him to Highlanders (or any other Zimbabwean club) prior to his switch to Township Rollers.
“Look, I think there was a lot of speculation when things were not going well at Caps regarding finances. I was linked with Highlanders, Dynamos, ZPC Kariba and Platinum, but at the end of the day, I really had no interest in those clubs,” he said.
At Rollers, Harrison replaces former Highlanders and Warriors winger Madinda Ndlovu who quit in April after a poor run.
His new employers have asked him to deliver the league title which went to sworn rivals Mochudi Centre Chiefs last season.
Harrison lasted 13 matches, but one was not played as they failed to fulfil a fixture against How Mine in Bulawayo in April after the players refused to play despite making the 438km trip from Harare.
Then in another incident, they delayed the start of a match against Buffaloes in Mutare after five players had refused to travel and only arrived by a pick-up truck five minutes before the referee ordered a walkover.
Club owner Twine Phiri decided enough was enough and sold his majority shareholding to long-time partner Farai Jere, who now owns 80% of the team.
Phiri, who is also the chairman of the Premier Soccer League, now owns 20%.
A new board of directors has been appointed at the former Zimbabwe champions.newsday