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Last Updated: Friday, 14 January 2005, 15:12 GMT
Chihuri wants to go home
By Nicolas White

Former Zimbabwe international Kennedy Chihuri
Kennedy Chihuri wants to return Zimbabwe to coach

Former Zimbabwe striker Kennedy Chihuri has said that he would like to return home to manager a local side.

Chihuri, who has been capped 30 times for his country, quit Czech side Viktoria Zizkov last summer to move to England to start working towards his Uefa coaching badges.

The 35-year-old started his career at CAPS United juniors in his homeland and would relish the opportunity to return to the club once he has completed his course.

"I feel the time is right for me to start taking my coaching badges," said Chihuri, who spent five years at CAPS before an eight-year spell with Chapungu United.

"I really want to give something back to Zimbabwean football by helping coach some of the country's youngsters and doing that at the club where my career started would be a dream come true for me.

"Most of the guys I played with in the national side like Bruce Grobbelaar are coaching in South Africa but I want to go back to Zimbabwe.

Former Zimbabwe goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar
Kennedy Chihuri played in the same Zimbabwe side as Bruce Grobbelaar

"We have a lot of good youngsters in the national team at the moment but I feel we could have even more and be more successful if we had more fully qualified coaches working back home."

Chihuri left Chapungu to join Slovakian side Tatran Presov in 1994 before moving to Czech side Slavia Prague two years later, where he tasted Champions League football.

But he left Slavia after just one season to move across Prague to Zizkov, where he was named best foreign player in the Czech top flight in 2001.

"I have learnt a lot by playing in Europe and now I want to pass on this experience to young players back home in Zimbabwe," he added.

Although his priority is to get his coaching badges, Chihuri insists he is not ready to hang up his boots just yet.

"I've kept training since I came to England and although I am 35 I still feel I could do a job for a club in League Two or the Conference," said Chihuri, who is currently based in Leeds

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