By Sports Reporter
Warriors international defender Teenage Hadebe’s Houston Dynamo officially appointed a new coach ahead of the MLS 2022 season, the club owners confirmed last week Monday.
This means the MLS club will be under the watchful eye of newly appointed Brazilian Paulo Nagamura (38) in their next campaign slated for February.
Nagamura was formally unveiled in a press conference held at the Houston-Area media at the PNC Stadium on January 4.
The 38-year-old gaffer replaced Tab Ramos who parted ways with the Orange Crush in November after finishing last in the MLS’ Western Conference having recorded six wins only.
“I am proud to welcome Paulo Nagamura to the Houston Dynamo Football Club,” the club’s majority owner Ted Segal said.
“He is a talented, high-potential coach who we believe will relate well to our players and help instill the type of culture we are working to create.”
Nagamura’s first assignment will be on Sunday 27 February when Houston hosts Real Salt Lake at PNC Stadium at 6pm.
“This is a magnificant opportunity.
“Ownership and club leadership are committed to building a team that will truly make our fans proud.
“I am thankful that Ted Segal, Lyle Ayes, John Walke and Pat Onstad entrusted me with this role at a turning point for the club,” Nagamura said.
Meanwhile, the Brazilian gets at the helm of the club at a time when Warriors defender Hadebe finished the season on a high in his first season in the US from Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor.
The former Yeni Malatyaspor 27-year-old centre-back won two major awards at his new club.
He was crowned the MLS Defender of the Year and New Comer of the Year, respectively.
Meanwhile, the talented tall defender, Hadebe who is currently on national duty will join his club after the AFCON tournament held in Cameroon set to end on the February 6.
Hadebe seems to be continuing with his fine form as he is currently deputising captain Knowledge Musona as his vice at the AFCON 2021 finals.
This was observed in yesterday’s Warriors defeat when Hadebe took on the armband from Musona when he was forced out of the match due to a sustained injury in the second half.
The depleted Senegal team was awarded a late penalty by referee Mario Escobar to edge Zimbabwe by a narrow 1-0 defeat.
The Lions of Teranga benefited after Kelvin Madzongwe was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box in an attempt to block Papa Gueye’s shot.
And Liverpool’s Sadio Mane sent the Warriors goalkeeper Petros Mhari to the wrong side to put his powerful striker behind the net.
Zimbabwe’s next match is a crucial game against Malawi on Friday before they play Guinea next week Tuesday.