Mushangazhike set for coaching role in Bots

By Bakang Mhaladi

Gaborone – Former Warriors striker, Gilbert Mushangazhike is set for his first major coaching job as he is lined-up to take over at Botswana’s top flight side, Black Forest. 

Mushangazhike is already in Gaborone, where he watched Forest take apart fading giants, Mochudi Centre Chiefs 3-1 in a BTC Premiership encounter on Saturday night.

Forest has been without a coach since parting ways with local, Rapelan ‘Razor’ Tsatsilebe during the off season, despite the mentor taking the side to a creditable ninth in their debut season.

The former Orlando Pirates striker has played club football in South Africa, Germany, China and Swaziland.

However, the Forest job will be his first major coaching assignment since he hung up his boots in 2014.

He began his career at now defunct Fire Batteries in Harare before he moved to South Africa’s Manning Rangers between 1997 and 2003 where he won the league title and was voted player of the year.

He then moved to Germany before he moved back to South Africa where he signed for Orlando Pirates in 2007. He wound up his career back home with Black Rhinos and is now ready to start his coaching career with the modest Botswana side, which is only in its second season in the top flight.

Forest, at times, punched above their weight in their debut season, narrowly missing the top eight as they settled for ninth in the 16team league.

Mushangazhike will be impressed with how his new charges tore apart Chiefs, one the league’s giants, on Saturday.

Forest are ninth with six points from the first five games. Chiefs are limping and have won only once in five matches this season, but always find the going tough against Forest, who are proving to be a hodoo side.

Township Rollers pulled further away from the chasing pack after winning their fifth game in as many matches. Rollers now have 15points, five clear of surprise package, Miscellaneous who are second on 10 points.

Regular title contenders, Orapa United surprisingly suffered back-to-back defeats, which left them off balance.  Madinda Ndlovu’s side slumped to a rare 2-1 home defeat to Sankoyo Bush Bucks midweek, before a 3-1 reversal at the hands of Miscellaneous over the weekend.

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