Chaminuka targets top-4 as Platinum looms

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NOMADIC gaffer Saul Chaminuka started work at Castle Lager Premier Soccer League outfit Buffaloes yesterday as the side’s new head coach and has already set his sights for a top-four finish this campaign.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

After NewsDay Sport broke the story last week, as predicted, Joseph Takaringofa has been relegated to assistant coach while Peter Masibhera will remain the goalkeepers coach.

Buffaloes spokesperson Gladman Chimonyo introduced the coach to the players at their training ground at Mutare Show Grounds yesterday where he expressed optimism that the new technical department would work hard with the team.

Chaminuka signed a one-and-half-year contract.

“Chaminuka is now our new head coach and he will be assisted by Takaringofa, while Masibhera will the goalkeepers’ coach. He signed for a one-and-half-year contract. This season, he has indicated to us hw would like a top-four finish, but we just don’t want to be relegated,” Chimonyo said.

“Chaminuka said he is happy with squad. He has worked with most of the players when he coached here (Buffaloes) in the 2012 to 2013 season. But as a coach, he might want to add one or two players, but he is yet to advice us about that.”

Chaminuka yesterday said he was not in a position to talk to the Press, but the gaffer is not new to the army side.

In 2012, he led the soldiers to a top-six position on the log standings.

He left the club in 2013 in a huff citing lack of material support from the team’s administration and ironically he is back to save the same administration led by Mutare businessman Hlanganiso Matangaidze.

Matangaidze will pay the coach’s salary pegged at around $1 500. Chaminuka will be staying at 3 Brigade headquarters in the eastern border city.

He will be thrown into the deep end in his first assignment as they date FC Platinum in Zvishavane on Saturday.

He has another mammoth task on his first return to Sakubva Stadium as he will face another former Buffaloes head coach Luke Masomere, now with How Mine, to complete the first half of the season.