By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor
Young and upcoming coaches have made the headlines and are making their presence felt in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.
While the work of one of the most respected coaches on the local scene, Norman Mapeza is very much evident at FC Platinum, upcoming coaches will surely give him a run for his money in the coming seasons provided they all remain focused.
Herentals Coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva has proved to be a shrewd tactician as the Students chase a top-four finish and the Chibuku Super Cup.
In his third season in charge, Coach Mutiwekuziva is slowly showing off what he is made of and is on course to guiding Herentals to their highest-ever points tally.
In their first season, Herentals finished in the sixth position with 51 points before surviving relegation the following season by just a single point.
However, the near miss might have pushed him to do more and Mutiwekuziva made shrewd recruitments.
The hallmark of his coaching has been how he has been swapping players’ positions on the field depending on different match situations.
Yadah is also another club that had a near miss last season, but has made a complete turnaround under Genesis Mangombe.
Affectionately known in football circles as Coach Kaka, Mangombe has opted to recruit his players through the infamous trial system, but with good results.
His biggest arsenal is how he has managed to push his versatile players into producing good results.
One cannot ignore the work being done by Takesure Chiragwi at Ngezi Platinum Stars.
The diminutive coach gave a brief highlight of what he is capable of when he was with Shabanie Mine.
But now the Deco show is fully in motion and one can only admire the work he has done after galvanising the Mhondoro-based side following the disastrous experiment with Benjani Mwaruwari.
For a side that looked lost and lacking ideas, Chiragwi has transformed the team and the Ngezi Platinum Executive should be questioning themselves and wondering what could have been if only they had given him the chance before the Benjani experiment.