THE most used things in football circles during the off-season period must be suitcases, papers and pens as the coaches merry go round continues unabated.
Some are leaving, some are arriving and from the look of things, the turnover promises to be higher than last season with at least 50 percent of the teams tinkering with their respective technical departments.
Black Rhinos, Bulawayo City, Chicken Inn, Highlanders, How Mine, Mutare City and ZPC Kariba are confirmed teams that will be having new head coaches while Triangle will be having a new assistant coach.
While newcomers Nichrut FC are safe from Caf Club Licensing requirements on the head coach with John Nyikadzino, the same cannot be said about Bulawayo Chiefs’ Thulani Sibanda.
Teams whose head coaches will go into the season unchanged are Dynamos (Lloyd Mutasa), FC Platinum (Norman Mapeza), Ngezi Platinum (Tonderai Ndiraya), Caps United (Lloyd Chitembwe), Triangle (Taurai Mangwiro) and just maybe Chapungu (Tendai Chikuni) though there are debates centred on elevating Rodwell Dhlakama.
Black Rhinos settled for Hebert Maruwa who is returning from Swaziland while Highlanders settled for Madinda Ndlovu, who spent five seasons in Botswana. How Mine elevated Bekithemba Ndlovu.
The trio replaced Stanford Stix Mutizwa, Erol Akbay and Kelvin Kaindu respectively.
Bulawayo City settled for Darlington Dodo to replace Mandla Lulu Mpofu who is set to be Ndlovu’s assistant at Bosso.
Joey Antipas will replace Rahman Gumbo at Chicken Inn with probably Prince Matore becoming the assistant coach.
Mutare City appointed Joseph Shabba Takaringofa as head coach.
After speculation had linked Dhlakama to replace Sunday Chidzambwa at ZPC Kariba, the reality was Godfrey Tamirepi left his assistant coach job at Triangle to head a new technical department at the power utility team.
Tamirepi arrives at ZPC Kariba with former Hwange FC assistant coach Mebelo Njekwa and Kennedy Nagoli.