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    Chaminuka spotted at Border Strikers

    Beitbridge Bureau

    – Widely-travelled and 2014 soccer coach of the year Saul Chaminuka could be looking for a new home at Border Strikers.
    Chaminuka who last season coached relegated Buffaloes FC was spotted in the Border town in the last few days.
    The gangly gaffer whose apex was when he took the league race to the wire in 2014 when he lost by a hair's breadth during his stint at ZPC Kariba has been seen barking instructions at Border Strikers , the recently promoted Premier League team.
    Chaminuka appeared to be in charge of a technical team assembling the premier league newcomers' squad.
    Officials at Vhavheneki, as Border Strikers is fondly known were mum about the developments as they preferred to play their cards close to their chest.
    "We will unveil our new coach after dealing with some house-keeping issues, we will have a new coach yes, and we will unveil him soon," was all Border Strikers spokesperson Raniel Ndou could tell The Mirror.
    But it appeared Chaminuka was carrying a lot of authority at the training and he could have well found himself a new start in the southern lowveld after his Army side Buffaloes was elbowed out of the league by Harare giants Dynamos during the last match of the season in November last year.
    Vhavheneki's coach Never Malunga who led the team into the premier league does not meet the required level for premiership coaching. He was however, at Chaminuka's side during the trials sessions that have attracted up to 20 players from as far afield as Namibia – and even spectators.
    "We have many players who have come for trials with us, we have not yet signed anyone but we are happy with what is going on and we will in due course announce our position," Ndou  added when pressed further for a comment.
    Border Strikers was promoted from a 16-team ZIFA Central Region Division One League. It qualified after 27 games during which it amassed 60 points from 18 victories, six draws and three losses. The team scored 40 goals and allowed in 11 goals in the process.
    It beat former premiership teams Tongogara FC, Gweru "Pisa-Pisa" United FC and Chinda Boys, Shabani Mine FC to join the elite league after 32 years of hunting for that promotion.
    Coming behind Underhill FC and Triple B FC, two other Beitbridge teams that have made it to top flight football, albeit briefly, Vhavheneki who mostly used rookies, have vowed they were in top flight not just to add numbers but to stay.
    Chaminuka can write his own piece of history if he manages to avoid relegation in Beitbridge where Underhill and Triple B each lasted just a season in the premiership.
    Meanwhile Beitbridge residents are happy with the progress of upgrading of Dulivhadzimo Stadium where terraces and a VIP stand are under construction.
    "We are seeing the progress and we are happy that Council has kept its promise," said Clement Dube of Dulivhadzimo.
    Beitbridge Town Council undertook to upgrade the stadia to meet minimum FIFA dictates of a sitting capacity of 5 000 and the standard measurement of a pitch including a waist high fence around the playing field.
    Ndou who is also the Council public relations officer said the team was happy with the progress and was sure the builders would be through by the start of the season.news
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