I did not fail at Rollers - Zapata


Following his unceremonious departure from Township Rollers, Rodolfo Zapata has said he did not fail at the club. Zapata joined the Blues midseason on a short-term deal that ended on May 31, 2019.

The Argentine tactician went to clinch the league unbeaten, however, lost out on the Mascom Top 8 and the Orange FA Cup. 

"Since I took the team we had been unbeaten, everyone knows what happened in the Top 8 and we lost the FA final, but we managed to win the league. At Rollers, everyone demands to win, we always try to win.  I am so proud because I took a team that has had three different coaches (in a season).  If we could have won the FA Cup it would have been an excellent (season). But we have done very well for the season," he said. 

The former Gaborone United coach hinted that he could be returning to local shores sooner, but he has offers from abroad.  Zapata was linked with the Reds but they have since appointed Madinda Ndlovu while Rollers decided against renewing his contract following a 3-0 loss to Orapa United in the Orange FA Cup final. 

"I already have offers, I have offers from here in Africa and India, but I am going back to my base in New York where I will be conducting coaching clinics and wait for the next challenge." 

A lot of high profile coaches, including Englishman Daniel Kerr and Nikola Kavazovic have been linked with the Rollers job.  The Blues are expected to announce their new coach before the team starts its preseason camp in the second week of July, with major technical changes on the cards.

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