Takudzwa Chitsiga and Thupeyo Muleya
PREMIERSHIP returnees Border Strikers have unveiled Warriors assistant coach Saul Chaminuka as their new head coach ahead of the upcoming season, as exclusively revealed by The Herald last week.
The Beitbridge outfit are making a return to the top-flight league and believe the former Eagles, Buffaloes and Masvingo United coach is the best man to guide them.
Chaminuka was unveiled to the Beitbridge community and some of the town’s businessmen yesterday and is expected to start work today.
Border Strikers spokesperson Raniel Ndou confirmed the engagement of Chaminuka.
“We have appointed Chaminuka as the coach who will guide us as we return to the top-flight after some years in Division One.
“Chaminuka managed to get the job after we advertised looking for a head coach and he will be with us.
“We have been looking for the head coach and we have unveiled him now so that we start our preparations for the new season.
“The gaffer will start work immediately and I believe he will hold trials and see which players he can bring on board any time soon,” said Ndou.
Ndou also heaped praise on Chaminuka who has been offered a two-year contract.
“We have settled for a two-year contract with Chaminuka and he is an experienced coach who I think will bring a lot of positive things to the side.
“We wanted to add experience to our technical department and we are hopeful we have taken the right path,” Ndou said.
At Border Strikers Chaminuka will be assisted by Never Malunga who guided the team from the Central Region Division One League last season while Hillary Mkuruva and Stanley Ncube will remain in the set-up.
Club chairman Mandla Moyo also appealed to the community of Beitbridge to give the team maximum support while Chaminuka revealed he was relishing his latest challenge.
“Our main focus will be on finishing in the top half of the log this year and stabilise next year. We will start fighting for honours in the third year but if we manage to win the championship then that will be a big boost.
“We have started training and we are looking at beefing up our team with experienced players in all departments.
“We are also looking at registering six players from the local schools to promote the junior policy. Furthermore we will also have 19 senior and five junior players to play for the team this year,” Chaminuka said.
Club secretary Rodlet Chigwinya warned other top-flight teams against underrating his team.
“We have done our homework and we are not getting into the PSL to be relegated,” he said.
He said they were also courting other sponsors to ensure that the team’s coffers remained afloat.
Chigwinya said they will use Dulibadzimu for all their home matches this season. Beitbridge town secretary Loud Ramakgapola, who is also the team’s patron, said the local authority had committed $50 000 for upgrading the stadium to meet ZIFA standards.