Tough battle for Beta XI job

Sport Zimbabwe

By Tawanda Bote

MORE than five coaches with CAF A licenses have applied for the division one side Beta XI coaching job which fell vacant after the departure of Prince Kadewere.

Beta XI are looking for a head coach with that qualification as they seek continuity in case they get promoted into the Premiership.

On Friday, club secretary Dickson Musa did not give much in terms of the candidates.

However, ZTN understands that Paul “Popopo” Chimalizeni, Ikabort Masocha, Newsome Mutema, Newman Mashipe and Naison Muchekela are in the race.

Musa said: “We are looking for a coach with CAF A as you have seen on the job vacancy that is circulating inviting suitable candidates.

“We have a number of coaches who applied and we are in the process of shortlisting.”

Most of the applicants are coaches that have been in division one and Premiership for different roles in recent years.

Mutema
He is currently Assistant coach at Police side Black Mambas. He was also assistant coach at Monoz, Caps United, Zimbabwe under 17 and head coach at Grain Tigers.

Chimalizeni
He was with the now-defunct Lengthens when they were promoted, Mushowani, team manager at ZPC Kariba and Makaha FC.

Masocha
He guided Swaziland National first division one club Mbambane Citizens to the MTN premier league. He was also at the helm of DSTV Rangers when it survived relegation in 2014. He was assistant to

Lloyd Chitembwe at Starbil, in 2009 he guided Douglas Warriors into the PSL, he guided Grain Tigers into Northern Region Division One and was with Trojan at one stage.

Mashipe
He is a quiet coach, who just minds his own business and was with Mushowani last season before it got relegated, mostly because of financial problems. He was also assistant coach to Ruwa and Cargo Carriers, and was also the head coach for half of the season at Chinhoyi Stars.

Muchekela
He is a young ambitious coach who was at the helm of defunct Northern Region Division side La Liga. He was also the coach at Abarak and was also said to be helping at Dynamos football club last season.