24 January 2017
PREMIER Soccer League side Triangle United will take no time to announce their new coach who will succeed David ‘Yogi’ Mandigora as they look to begin pre-season training.
The Sugar Sugar boys had a backward trend in their premier league stay ending the season on 11th position, surviving a relegation scare in the process.
The previous season, 2015 under Kelvin Kaindu, they had managed a top four finish with the Zambian going on to join How Mine.
The team from the Lowveld did not renew Mandigora’s contract creating a vacancy now close to being filled.
Club chairman Lovemore Matikinyidze, confirmed that they are on the verge of appointing a new coach to guide the team ahead of the season.
“I can confirm that we will appoint a new coach in the next few days.
“We’re certainly looking for a coach who believes in our system and what we’ve established going forward,” he said.
The ambitions of Triangle United might scare away top coaches who might not want to tarnish their image as the club has now parted ways with three coaches in two years.
First they demoted Biggie Zuze to an assistant coach under Kelvin Kaindu before the Zambian packed his bags for How Mine. He was then replaced by Mandigora this season.
With clubs busy in the transfer market looking for players to beef up their squads, Matikinyidze says it will be up to the new coach to take up that responsibility.
“We will wait for our coach to come and identify were the team needs additions but as of now we have not done business.
“That’s the coach’s responsibility,” he added.
Matikinyidze says there are no favourites yet on who will land the hot seat at Triangle.
“The search is still on so the position is that we will announce the name soon but there are no favourites,” he said.
Clubs have until the end of March to sign players before the 2017 season commences which gives the new coach time to assemble a squad good enough to rise back to the top.
Mandigora could only last a year at Triangle after taking over from Kaindu having a season full of ups and downs.
His replacement is now on the cards but the wait continues to see who succeeds him at Triangle as the prospect of players leaving remains a possibility.