Tuesday Feb 28, 2017. 15:30
Media reports from Zambia suggest that former Orlando Pirates midfielder Perry Mutapa has been handed the coaching reigns at Forest Town on a full time basis.
Initial reports revealed that the club was planning to appoint a Romanian mentor Mario Marian-Anton Marinica, but has since reversed their move.
Reports indicate that Marinica was due to take over for the 2017 season after agreeing terms, but had yet to take up the appointment at the Ndola-based club.
According to the SuperSport website in South Africa, the club did not elaborate over the reversal of the Romanian's appointment, but the club secretary Wisdom Musonda said they support Mutapa to deliver this season.
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“Perry has been with the team long enough and has helped sharpen the philosophy with which it is played,” Musonda said.
“Having been a crucial part of last term’s season changing performance, we feel it is only right for him to take over as head coach.”
The former FC AK player in the South African lower division arrived at Forest last May together with his predecessor Patrick Phiri.
Phiri then parted ways with the club in January to take up a lucrative contract with demoted Lusaka Dynamos.
Mutapa led Dynamos before joining Forest in 2016 after a successful stint at Dynamos where he led them to promotion in 2015 in his first coaching job after the team had spent five seasons in Division 1.