PREMIERSHIP debutants Border Strikers have appointed Warriors assistant coach Saul Chaminuka as their head coach.
BY MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE
He will be assisted by the technical department that won the side the right to compete in the top-tier league.
The Beitbridge-based side was forced into the market for a new coach following Never Malunga falling short of the minimum qualifications to lead a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League side.
Chaminuka comes to Beitbridge loaded with experience having proven his credentials at ZPC Kariba where he narrowly fell short of claiming the league title, losing out to Dynamos on the last day of the 2014 season.
Chaminuka started work last week, but was unveiled by the border town-based side yesterday.
Border Strikers public relations officer Raniel Ndou confirmed Chaminuka’s appointment.
“I am happy to tell you that Saul Chaminuka is our new head coach. We agreed terms with him last week and he agreed to be part of us,” Ndou said.
“He wanted to sort out something that is why we kept the agreement secret. We are confident he will give us the required results in the Premiership given his experience at the highest level. He is coming alone and will work with the technical department that won us Premiership rights last season,” he said.
He said the club is on the lookout for new players to beef up their squad ahead of the season which is likely to start in the first week of April.
“We have invited players who want to be part of us to come for trials and they will be assessed by the technical department. No new player has been signed yet, we will wait for guidance from the technical team.”
The newcomers will have to contend with a compressed preseason following delays in preparation for the new campaign.
Chaminuka’s immediate challenge will be to assemble a side that can stand the heat in the elite league in a short space of time.