Oscar Rusenga in TRIANGLE
DAVID Mandigora took charge of his first game as Triangle coach in a goalless draw against Zambian side Kabwe Warriors at Gibbo on Thursday.
Mandigora replaced Zambian Kelvin Kaindu, who have now moved to How Mine, and said there were a lot of positives from the goalless draw.
“We drew against a very good side but we also showed character and I think we have a very good foundation ahead of the new season,” said Mandigora.
“We have a lot of raw talent and if we can fine-tune everything at our disposal we can have a good team to blend with the experienced ones.”
Kabwe Warriors head coach Mohamed Fathi said he was happy with his team’s display.
“We are taking these pre-season games seriously and we are happy with a point away from home considering that we have been travelling and played three games in five days.
“We were just unlucky not to score but we created a lot of good chances.
“From the games we played I can comfortably say the Zimbabwean Premiership is one of the strongest in Southern Africa,” said the Egyptian coach.
Triangle got a chance to parade their new signings after a number of first team players left in close season. Pasca Manhanga, Praise Tonha, Tichaona Chipunza, Ashley Reyners, Jimmy Dzingai, Hillary Bakacheza, Jimmy Tigere and Cabby Kamhapa are some of the notable players who left in search of greener pastures.
Former Shabanie F.C and F.C Platinum striker Nelson Mazivisa, Tendai Huwa, Ralph Kawondera, Donald Dzvinyai, Jimmy Kanono, Tapiwa Dhepistara, Pride Mhlanga, Charles Mukanhairi and Kudzai Chigwida lined up against Kabwe in their first competitive match for Sugar Sugar Boys and played fairly well.
Despite the player exodus at Triangle, the Lowveld side still boast experience in their squad as they retained some of the senior seasoned players in the mould of Tawanda Muyendi who finished as team’’s second top goal scorer despite joining midway the season.
Courage Denias, Hardlife Mavhundi, Ronald Mudimu, Marvelous Mukumba, Marlvin Gaki and Nhamo Lameck are expected to lead Triangle as they seek to win at least one silverware this season.