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Tinashe Nengomashe’s honest assessment of his gig as first-team manager

Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha has made an honest assessment of his first-team manager gig in Zimbabwe.

Nengomasha is the current team manager of ambitious Zimbabwean PSL club, Ngezi Platinum, a position he assumed in March 2022.

The 40-year-old joined the team at the same time with former Jomo Cosmos forward Benjani Mwaruwari and Bongani Mafu.

From the trio, he is the only one remaining in the team following the firing of Mwaruwari and Mafu halfway through last season.

And after exactly eleven months as Ngezi Platinum team manager, ex-Kaizer Chiefs star Nengomasha has opened up on the key lessons he has learnt.

The former footballer is optimistic of better strides as team manager in Zimbabwe’s elite league, saying that the gig it’s not easy as it looks.


“It has been an intresting experience. I was a player before, now I have the task of handling players. It’s different because characters are different,” Nengomasha told FARPost.

“One year is almost done and the fact I’m still part of the team means I have fared well. It’s not easy as it looks because you deal with players with different behaviours.

“That means you have to study each and every player so that you are able to manage their behaviours. The good thing is that I’ve been there before.

“I know what it means being a player but I’m still learning the variations of player management in a team.”

Former Kaizer Chiefs star Tinashe Nengomasha in Ngezi Platinum colours
Tinashe Nengomasha at Ngezi Platinum


Nengomasha added: “You deal with different characters and preferences. For me it means you must be the link at every level.

“As the manager, you must have a listening ear and also be watchful. You need to be accomodative to the needs of every player. Its a big task.

“Personally, I’ve enjoyed this journey and I am looking forward to more learning and upgrading with the team,” he added.

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