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Castle Lager Premier League side FC Platinum has begun the hunt for a new coach after Zambian Tennant Chilumba quit to return home for a job at Power Dynamos.

Staff Writer

Lloyd Chitembwe is in the frame to replace the former Hwange coach while national team assistant coach Lloyd Mutasa is also in the running.

Norman Mapeza’s name has also been thrown into the fray, but the former Monomotapa coach cannot sign another contract since his deal with Zifa is still running.

Chitembwe has been jobless since being sacked by Caps United last year.

The Platinum miners had a dazzling start to the season, racing to the top of the league log, but fizzled out in the last four games where they managed to garner just three points.

Their start had shown promise they could finally land the coveted Premiership crown which they have been hunting for with massive investment since their entry into the topflight three years ago.

The Zvishavane-based side clashes with Motor Action on Wednesday with Tendai Chikuni in charge of the team. Castle lager Premier Soccer League action resumes on Wednesday with four matches lined up, but the league secretariat faces a fixture poser due to national team commitments.

Locally-based players are set for participation in the Chan qualification tournament as well as the Cosafa Cup in Zambia next month.

The league’s chief executive officer Kenny Ndebele yesterday said they might be forced to go for another two-week break.

“If there are teams that have at least three players in the squad for the Cosafa tournament we will have to go for another two-week break,” said Ndebele. “And that would present a few problems in terms of fixtures; we are in a race to finish the programme leaving ample time for clubs participating in Caf tournaments next year to come up with squads before the December 16 deadline.”

The BancABC Sup8r tournament is pencilled for next month while the Mbada Diamonds Cup and more national team commitments come later.

Champions Dynamos resume their title defence with an away match against Buffaloes and will be looking to protect their unbeaten record against the struggling army side.

With the Warriors expected back in the country on Monday, defenders Patson Jaure and Ocean Mushure will be available for coach Kalisto Pasuwa.

Caps United have beefed up their technical department with the addition of Soul Chaminuka as assistant coach and with a home tie against Hwange, they will be hoping to collect maximum points.

The Green Machine cannot wait for July 1 when the transfer window opens so that they can register attackers Benson Maglas and Malawian import Gerald Phiri.

Wednesday; Highlanders v Chicken Inn, Babourfields; Buffaloes v Dynamos, Sakubva (SS9) Caps United v Hwange NSS; Black Rhinos v Triple B, Rimuka.
Thursday; How Mine v Triangle, Luveve; Motor Action v FC Platinum, Motor Action Sports Club and Harare City v Monomotapa, Rufaro (SS9).

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