The Sunday News
Walter Mswazie in Masvingo
FORMER Buffalos FC coach Shadreck “Father” Mugurasave is the new mentor for the newly formed ambitious Zifa Eastern Region Division One football outfit Masvingo City.
Mugurasave was a preferred candidate ahead of the other 11 coaches in a contest that paired 12 coaches during the interviews conducted by the team’s executive last week.
Club chairman Hubert Fidze said the new coach had started recruiting players, to make a formidable team which could compete for honours in the new season expected to start soon.
“We had called 12 candidates to our interviews last week and settled for Mugurasave who we think will keep smiles on faces of the fans. He is a former Buffalo FC mentor with PSL experience as he coached the team during its dance with the elite league in 2012,” said Fidze.
Fidze who is also former Masvingo Mayor said the executive had communicated its vision to the incoming coach and hopes were high that the team would perform well.
“We have spelt out what we expect from the coach. The guy seems to know his job given the experience he had with other teams, previously. Like what I said earlier, our aim is to finish the season in top four on the log and if we manage to win the championship, that will be a bonus.
“We wish to qualify into the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in 2020 and once we do that, Masvingo will be active, as we know our people here love football,” he said.
Masvingo FC was born out of a merger between Masvingo Pirates and Masvingo United, which were all in division one with an objective of bringing back PSL football to Masvingo. Since the demise of Masvingo United, who were affectionately known as Yuna Yuna, the ancient city has been yearning for PSL football. Since former transport mogul, Tanda Taruva pulled out of sponsoring Masvingo United, there has not been any meaningful football outfit due to lack of sponsorship.
Fidze urged people of Masvingo to help in the financing of the team since it had no sponsorship. — @walterbmswazie2