It will have to be lucky 13 for Sunday Chidzambwa if he is to keep up his unbeaten record at the Cosafa Castle Cup on Sunday and take an unprecedented third title.
The Zimbabwe coach has won twice before with his country in two previous appearances at the tournament in 2003 and 2009.
Now he is in line for a third title, unmatched by any other coach in the 20-year history of the Cosafa Castle Cup, if his side beats Zambia in Sunday’s final at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.
He has won 12 and drawn two of his previous 14 matches in charge at the competition, taking a remarkable record into the final. A 13th win will deliver him more glory.
Chidzambwa, whose brother Mishack also took the title with Zimbabwe in 2000, was asked why he was so successful in the competition but modestly said: “I don’t know. That question you’ll have to ask to the Man above. Maybe it’s sheer luck or maybe coincidence.”
Chidzambwa, one of Zimbabwe’s star players and member of their first ever international side in 1990, coached the winning team in 2003 and again in 2009.
In 2003, Zimbabwe beat Malawi 4-1 over two legs in the final while in 2009 there was a single final in Harare in which Zambia were beaten 3-1.