PSL preview No15: Triangle build on Monoz ruins

CHIREDZI - After losing a number of influential personal from last season, Triangle will have to be at their very best to emulate their impressive maiden Castle Premiership season.

Having already lost last season’s coach, Gishon ‘Gizha’ Ntini, who led the sugar cane farmers to a seventh place finish in their maiden season, the club also lost a number of key players.

Influential players like Norman Togara and his brother Pardon Chinungwa quit the club to join ZPC Kariba.

Exciting midfielder Walter Mukanga jumped ship to join Dynamos while their top goal scorer Misheck Mburayi left for Harare City as the club was stripped to the core.

Triangle then appointed Biggie Zuze as their new coach to replace the disposed Ntini.

Zuze spent the last season at relegated Monomotapa where he led a young and exciting squad that played some eye-catching football.

The former Zimbabwe champions were not relegated because Zuze was a bad coach but the club was running on a shoe-string budget and for the better part of the second half of the season they were no longer training.

Zuze brought with him at Triangle a number of players from Monomotapa to rebuild the Lowveld club that was rocked by the exodus.

Charles Rukwanhi, Hillary Mugoniwa, Jimmy Tigere and Praise Tonha all quit Monomotapa and followed their coach to Chiredzi.

Triangle were also able to retain exciting midfielder Lameck Nhamo and Warriors fringe defender Blessing Chimwamuchere.

Veteran defenders David Sengu and William Mapfumo have extended their stay with the club together with Richard Kawondera and Chastern Ndongonda, who were at the centre of the sugar cane farmers’ brave showing last season.

The club was also able to land the Zifa Eastern Region Division One top goal scorer, Hillary Bakacheza, who scored 18 goals for Hippo Valley FC last season.

Striker Tineyi Chitora, who also had a wonderful season for ZPC Kariba in the Northern Region Division One league, also arrived at Triangle at the start of the year.

It is from these players that Zuze will need to set the team’s foundation for another successful season in the top flight.

The former Dynamos player might have escaped public censor for Monomotapa’s relegation because of the Harare side well documented financial woes but this time around he will be under greater scrutiny from the executives of the wealthy Chiredzi club.

Triangle are well-sponsored by their parent company Tongaat Hulett, who have gone on record to say that all their resources for their sporting sponsorships will be directed to the club.

The company was in the news at the end of last year when they disbanded their Hippo Valley FC side, who had just won promotion to play in the Castle Premiership.

Tongaat Hulett said they could only sponsor one team in the top-flight and their pulling out of Hippo Valley led to the birth of Moses Chunga’s Chiredzi FC.

Upon taking up the Triangle job, Zuze said: “We want to surpass last year’s achievements. We really want to win something for the community. People from this side love their team and they deserve to be happy.”

Carrying the huge burden of Tongaart Hullet’s expectations, Zuze will need to get his footing right and fast after losing his first game of the season 3-1 away to Shabanie Mine last Sunday.

Triangle may not have big name players in their squad this season but they do have the quality to pose a great danger for most teams especially when they play at their Gibbo Stadium fortress.

Daily News predicted position: 8th

Last season’s position: 7th

Comments (1)

In Biggie Zuze we trust. Fifth place is realistic. Here is a shrewd mentor. A man of vision. Let the season roll-on and you will be surprised.Today many will disagree but come November and you will all be acknowledging that here is a good coach. Good days are coming to Triangle under B.Z

SHAVA - 12 April 2014

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