Maruwa carves out name

Noel Munzabwa

MANY a time names of the backroom staff in football coaching never emerge into the public domain and one such name is the Green Mamba coach Hebert Maruwa.

Little do Dynamos fans know that name was part of Calisto Pasuwa’s backroom staff during the marathon four consecutive championship winning streak.

Even post that glory, Maruwa was to remain little known with a job as an assistant coach at Eastern Region Division One outfit Hartley Academy.

Perhaps the only time his name started coming out eventually was just before Christmas when he faced criticism for accepting the role as Green Mamba coach after Rodwell Dhlakama’s resignation.

Many felt he had sold out Dhlakama, the man credited for bringing him to Swaziland.

Today, a month into the job Maruwa could be emerging out of the shadows and casting away the same doubt that his hero Calisto Pasuwa endured when he got the Dynamos job.

It’s now an incredible unbeaten five matches and Maruwa seems unfazed by the seemingly growing cultism at Green Mamba in a spell that has restored smiles on a team that over three months ago hopelessly languished in the relegation zone.

Today not only are they almost safe but they have also sprung to being one of the strong favourites to bag the inaugural SMVAF Ingwenyama Cup.

“Calisto Pasuwa remains my chief mentor. He has made me believe in myself. When he was appointed Dynamos coach many doubted his capabilities. They ridiculed him as a specialist assistant coach.

“Today his abilities are worshipped and having walked part of the walk I have learnt a lot from him. Who knows some day I could be great,” said Maruwa.

He also worked under David Mandigora, Elvis Chiweshe and Lloyd Mutasa and got vast experience in the process, local and international, in the champions league.

“I did my level 1 coaching in 2008, level2 2009, level3 2010, level4 2011 and CAF C 2012, CAF B 2013 and CAF A 2014. I also have a FIFA Grassroots certificate for coaching educators and in August 2015 was in Germany at Hamburg FC for a month,” said Maruwa.

He played for Murewa United, CAAZ FC, Paroan FC, AON FC and Belrose FC all Division 2 sides.

“They were company teams and I also played for Fire Batteries , Arcadia United and Hwange FC.

“Working experience started at AON FC as a player/ coach with my brother Ralph Kawondera. In 2008 I joined Dynamos FC as development coach  and in 2010 I was promoted to coach the reserve side working with the senior team as well under Lloyd Mutasa to 2011 June.

“Calisto Pasuwa came and we worked together up to 2014. I briefly worked with David Mandigora in 2015 and left in March 2015, joined Hartley Academy in Division 1 before my brother Rodwell Dhlakama asked me to join him at Green Mamba as an assistant coach,” added Maruwa.

He cherishes some of his achievements and players he worked with as a development coach.

“I  won the NASH Coca Cola gold medal with Churchill High School, Windmill gold medal with Churchill and also coach of the tournament.

“Churchill was a feeder club to Dynamos FC. I won a gold medal with the Zimbabwe league champions from 2011 to 2014, won the Mbada Diamonds Cup 2011 and 2012, won President’s Cup Bob 87, 88 and 90.

“I enjoyed working with such players like Patson Jaure, Blessing Moyo, King Nadolo, Carlos Rusere, Abel Gwatidzo, Brian Five, Farai Mpasiri, Tawanda and Tapiwa Chokuwamba, Wisdom Mutasa, Romario Matova, Macmillan Chigora, Leeroy Murape , Donald Malajira, Brian Chinhoyi and Blessing Maunga.

A day after taking over at Green Mamba, Maruwa thumped Bad Boys  6-1, knocked out Ludzeludze Brothers 4-0, before a 1-1 draw against the Shepherd Murape coached Wanderers.

Mamba then beat Midas City 3-2 but last Sunday’s knocking out of Mbabane Highlanders 4-1 after penalties was probably the biggest.