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New Buffaloes coach hopeful

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NEW Buffaloes coach Timothy Masachi says he is not new to high-level coaching and strongly believes that he will deliver when the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League resumes next Wednesday.

KENNETH NYANGANI

The renowned junior football coach will be up against the unbeaten league champions Dynamos next week at Sakubva in his debut match before engaging debutants Tripple B in Beitbridge three days later.

Masachi was initially fired as the club’s second assistant coach together with first assistant Shadreck Magurasave after Saul Chaminuka had resigned as the Mutare-based army side head coach last week.

The 45-year-old gaffer found himself back in the equation last week after Shabanie Mine mentor Luke Masomere, who was earmarked to replace Chaminuka at the soldiers, preferred to remain with the Zvishavane side after a big money offer.

“My first match will be against Dynamos and we must win the match. Our position on the log-standings is not that bad, because if we manage to win just two games we can move up the ladder on the standings,’’ he said.

“l am not under pressure at all; this is not the first time this has happened to me. In 1997 I was appointed Zupco Mutare head coach and by then we were third from bottom with a number of games remaining, but we managed to end on number four on the final standings and this is when we also introduced Wonder Sithole into big time football”.

Masachi who is the director of Manicaland junior football side La Sakubva added: “l am very confident that l am going to deliver. I think the advantage I have is that I have worked with most of the players at junior level.”

Masachi has groomed the likes of warriors captain Washington Arubi, England-based Onismor Bhasera, South Africa-based Willard Katsande, Protasho Kabwe, Trymore Nyamadzawo and Tichaona Mabvura, among others.

Warriors fringe player Prosper Matizanadzo, Shepherd Nkata, Wonder Sithole and youngsters  Farai Banda, goalkeeper Chengetai Tandadzayi, Kudzi  Mwaramba and teenager Phillip Thembani are some of his products at Buffaloes this season.

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