Augustine Hwata in HARARE and Oscar Rusenga in TRIANGLE
BIGGIE Zuze was yesterday unveiled as the new coach at Premiership side Triangle, as exclusively revealed by The Herald this week, and takes over from Gishon Ntini, whose contract was not renewed. The former Dynamos midfielder left relegated Monomotapa towards the end of last season and was linked to a return to the Glamour Boys as an assistant to Callisto Pasuwa.
But that deal failed to materialise.
Yesterday Zuze, who beat former Warriors’ coach Rahman Gumbo in the race for the job in the Lowveld, was introduced to the Triangle players and will be hoping to get down to serious business on Monday next week.
“Now I have signed a contract and the deal has been sealed. It means I am now officially a Triangle FC coach. This is a done deal,” said Zuze.
Zuze had also been linked to Premiership newboys ZPC Kariba but the side has since settled for Saul Chaminuka.
Ntini, who guided Triangle into the Premiership, fell out of favour with some members of the executive, with his relationship with club chairman, Lovemore Matikinyidze, deteriorating beyond salvation.
Matikinyidze confirmed that Zuze was the new coach.
“Biggie Zuze is our new coach and since we are behind with our preparations we hope Mr Zuze will help us catch up and be ready for action,” said Matikinyidze.
He also gave the new coach a mandate to recruit players he feels could add value to the team.
“We have retained players from our last year’s squad and it’s now the coaches’ task to get the remaining 11 players,” said the club boss.
Zuze said he will be trying to find his feet in the new environment.
“I was introduced to the players today and I talked to them. The team had been going through preparations all along and I should be getting into full swing on Monday.
“At the moment I just have to take it one step at a time,” said Zuze.
“I want to thank the Triangle executive for the chance they gave me to work with Triangle FC, although it looks like a very hard task I still believe if we work as a unit we can manage to finish in a better position than last year.”
Zuze first made his entrance into the Premiership as an assistant coach to Misheck Chidzambwa at Blue Rangers before he replaced Taurai Mangwiro at Monomotapa.
At Monoz, Zuze reached the Mbada Diamonds Cup final and, crucially, ended Highlanders’ 23-match unbeaten run in the league, which had dire consequences for Bosso’s title ambitions, during the 2012 Premiership season.
Triangle have already lost Norman Togara and his brother Pardon Chinungwa to ZPC Kariba.
Misheck Mburayi’s contract also expired and remains unsettled, with reports linking him to Harare City, while Walter Mukanga has joined champions Dynamos.
Assistant coach Lovemore Dzoro, who will work with Gift Muzadzi under Zuze, said the former Monomotapa gaffer’s experience will help them become more competive.
“Gishon Ntini was a good coach and we learnt a lot from him but we have faith that Zuze will add value to the team,” said Dzoro.