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ARMY side Black Rhinos insist that Arthur Tutani remains their coach despite his announcement that he was leaving the club following a poor run of results.Tutani shocked his employers and members of his team when he suddenly threw in the towel following the 1-3 defeat to Harare City on Monday.

This was the team’s sixth defeat in nine games this season.

However, the Rhinos executive yesterday convened an emergency meeting with the coach where they convinced him to reverse his decision and pledged their support to the technical team.

The club’s secretary-general Roy Svovanepasi said Tutani conceded that he was overcome by emotions when he made the announcement.

Svovanepasi also reiterated that the coach was not under any form of pressure from the executive and maintained that there were no plans to give him an ultimatum at this stage.

“Tutani is still our head coach. We met him today (yesterday) and we agreed with him to continue with the team. What he said to the Press after that game was a statement given out of emotions and he has apologised for that.

“We all agree that the team is going through a bad spell just like many other clubs in the Premiership. In light of that Tutani has our support and we are going to help him in every way to turn around the fortunes of the club.

“The other thing is that in army there is protocol that we follow when we make these crucial decisions. Actually, it is the superiors who decide to move you from one position to the other.

“Soldiers don’t just wake up to say I’m quitting. It’s like deserting your subordinates in a war situation,” said Svovanepasi.

Tutani, however, was not reachable to give his side of the story.

Rhinos are third from the bottom with seven points from nine starts.

They have won two and drawn one while losing six times and the record had worried Tutani, who last year spent the bigger part of the season fighting for survival after taking over from Nesbert Saruchera with just eight games played.

But while pressure seemed to be producing a crushing effect on Tutani, Harare City’s Bigboy Mawiwi was celebrating his team’s recovery following a poor start this year.

City moved from the basement of the table for the first time with the victory over Rhinos.

A run of six straight defeats in their opening matches had put their campaign in complete disarray but Mawiwi kept faith in his charges and now believes they are on the rise after claiming their second win in nine outings.

“Naturally I am happy. We have been working very hard throughout the season so far. We have been focused. We did not panic when we were losing those games and I have always said it we will be up there as a team.

“We are very confident we will end up there but what we have to do is to preserve the unity of purpose which is prevailing right now and you can see it even on the field of play. The boys are playing very well.

“Even when we lost to Highlanders, we had a very good game but we were just unlucky. But what I said to the boys was that we should regroup and focus on winning our match with Rhinos so that we build confidence. The confidence is coming up,” said Mawiwi.

Moses Chunga’s Chiredzi dropped to the bottom of the table following the 1-0 loss to Dynamos and Highlanders still top the charts with 18 points going to the one week break caused by the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Bosso gave themselves a crucial away win when they beat Luke Masomere’s Buffaloes 3-1 at Sakubva with Charles Sibanda scoring a brace and Liberty Chakoroma beating his own goal.

Hwange maintained the pace at the top when they thrashed Shabanie Mine 3-0 to move to within one point of the leaders.

Defending champions Dynamos appeared to be recovering from their slump after notching up their second win in succession at Chiredzi.

Source : The Herald