Chaminuka lays out vision

HARARE - Newly appointed ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka has revealed his plans for the Premiership newcomers.

Chaminuka took over the newly promoted top flight side at the end of last year after he replaced Jostein Mathuthu.

Although Mathuthu led ZPC to the Zifa Northern Region Division One championship his contract was not renewed as he does not have the coaching badges to take charge of a Premiership side.

Chaminuka, who spent the better part of the 2013 season as Taurai Mangwiro’s assistant at CAPS United, is looking at beefing up his squad. 

“Although I am happy with the players which won the Premiership ticket, the squad needs some few new players,” Chaminuka told the Daily News yesterday.

“We have short-listed some players whom we felt they could add depth to the team in the Premiership as you are aware there is tough competition in the top-flight.

Chaminuka believes that his side, which won the Zifa Northern Region Division One championship last year after a trailblazing season, has the depth to survive their first season in the top flight league.

“For this season we are not going to fight for the title but our main aim is to survive relegation,” said the former Buffaloes coach.

“We don’t want to change the whole team. I think ZPC Kariba players showed commitment throughout and I am confident we will be able to avoid relegation next season this year despite being newcomers.

“We are not taking any chances. We want to stamp our authority in the Premiership and we are looking at best possible preparations.  We want to beef up all departments with one or two players.

“We are not coming to make up numbers in the Premiership. We want to avoid early exit from the league and our main priority will be to settle in the league then we can start challenging for honours afterwards.

“There are players whom we are targeting but I can’t reveal their names as yet as it might jeopardise our preparations and plans.”

Chaminuka is likely to remain with experience Premiership players and blend them with a few junior players.

Former Dynamos striker Tineyi Chitora, former CAPS United players Pride Tafirenyika, Charles Chiutsa and Stephen Matangaise, former Harare City Raphael Manuvire, former Bosso goalkeeper Lovemore Makwavarara, former Motor Action players, Reuben Machaya, and Livison Selusi are some of the players who turn out for the ZPC Kariba.

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