Mushangazhike’s break­through

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Re­porter

FOR­MER War­riors for­ward Gil­bert Mushangazhike is ex­cited with the break­through in his coach­ing ca­reer af­ter he was re­cently un­veiled as head coach of Botswana Pre­mier­ship side Black For­est FC.

The 42-year old took over from Rapelang Tsat­silebe who had helped the team qual­ify into the top-flight league af­ter win­ning the Deb­swana First Divi­sion South ti­tle last year.

Black For­est opted for the Zim­babwe in­ter­na­tional striker who is now set for his first ma­jor coach­ing job af­ter stints at home with lower divi­sion sides La Liga and Al-Bu­raak.

Mushangazhike, who is a holder of a CAF B Li­cence and Hol­land Dis­cov­ery In­ter­na­tional coach­ing badges, told The Her­ald from his new base in Gaborone that he is look­ing to mould a strong out­fit.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for me as I was search­ing for a break­through with all the ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­po­sure I got lo­cally and abroad. I have good foot­ball in­tel­li­gence.

“I started in Ger­many. I have coached Zim­babwe, Divi­sion One team La Liga, Divi­sion Two side Al-Bu­raak FC and BN Academy.

‘’This is my first time to coach out­side the coun­try. I want to build the team and de­velop young play­ers who can help us fin­ish in the top eight,” said Mushangazhike.

Black For­est had played five matches when Mushangazhike ar­rived, win­ning two and los­ing three.

The for­mer War­riors man has now presided over three games, win­ning one and draw­ing two Black For­est Foot­ball Club was formed in 1998 in Mmankgodi, Kwe­neng District. The club was pre­vi­ously known as Magoleng FC, be­fore it changed the name to Black For­est.

Now nick­named Magoleng, For­est clinched pro­mo­tion into the Botswana Premier League at the end of the 2015/16 sea­son.

They fin­ished ninth in their de­but Pre­mier­ship sea­son and are now look­ing for­ward to a bet­ter plac­ing in their sec­ond year of top-flight foot­ball. They are cur­rently sit­ting on sev­enth place with 11 points af­ter eight games. Town­ship Rollers lead the stand­ings with a 100 per­cent win­ning record of 24 points.

Gil­bert Mushangazhike

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