Nomadic veteran coach Luke Masomere, who was plying his trade in Botswana, has returned to Masvingo-based Premiership returnees Masvingo United as head coach.
Masomere confirmed the development, saying he wanted to restore “Yuna Yuna”, as Masvingo are affectionately known, to their former glory days.
“I am now back at Masvingo United as head coach. I want to propel the team back to its winning ways,” said Masomere.
Masvingo United was relegated last season before bouncing back this year. Masomere, an award -winning coach, had left the Premiership side in 2007 when it was still bankrolled by transport mogul, Tanda Tavaruva.
Now the popular Masvingo side is under the stewardship of businessman Petros Mutema, who owns a chain of supermarkets in and around Masvingo.
The chain-smoking mentor Masomere joined the club in 2005, taking over from Fewdays Musonda.
He was coming from AmaZulu where he was crowned coach of the year in 2003 after winning his first-ever league championship.
He steered Masvingo United to lift the Independence Trophy, OK Woza Bhora and almost made history when he was nearly crowned the first coach from outside Harare to lift the Premiership title but his dreams were shattered in the last game against DeMbare where Yuna Yuna lost 2-1 in the dying minutes in a memorable match at Mucheke Stadium.
Masvingo will hold trials from Monday to Friday at Mucheke Stadium as they prepare for face fellow newboys Mimosa, Chicken Inn, Blue Ribbon and traditional giants, Dynamos, Highlanders and Caps United.