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LANDING the Sables manager’s job for Brighton Chivandire is nothing short of making him the most complete technical leader in Zimbabwean rugby as he has held quite a number of positions within the Zimbabwe Rugby Union set-up.His qualifications, experience and knowledge of the game definitely put him as the hot favourite for the job ahead of four other applicants who had submitted their CVs for the same post.

But what is it that the ZRU saw in Chivandire that they were convinced he would make a good, if not a great national team manager?

Chivandire has been involved in the game for over 20 years and starting as a player at Old Hararians and rose to be one of the best lock forwards of his time, playing alongside the likes of current coach and former Sables captain Brendan Dawson.

The former Sables lock, now as a manager, is in a much better position to understand the players’ needs, having himself experienced the terrain as a national team player before he retired at the turn of the millennium.

But Chivandire’s interests in the game did not end when he stopped playing as he went on to pursue a coaching career and in 2004 he was appointed Sables coach before being involved in other coaching jobs ranging from schools, club level, junior national sides and also holding the post of Under-20 head of technical.

In his journey through rugby, Chivandire has grown to be one of the most qualified coaches in Zimbabwe as he holds an International Rugby Board Level III coaching certificate, putting him above the Sables duo of Dawson and his assistant Cyprian “Supa” Mandenge who are Level II coaches.

As a Level III coach, Chivandire is also a coach educator, a post that has given him more understanding in what it means to build relations between the players and coaches for better results.

Source : The Herald