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Drago, Tshosane front runners for GU job

Publishing Date : 04 July, 2018

Author : MOSIMANEGAPE TSHOSWANE

Former National Team Coach, Stanley Tshosane along with Serbian tactician, Dragojol Stanjolovic have both been interviewed for the Gaborone United coaching job.  One of the two men will succeed frustrated Rudolph Zapata who is has since joined the Kenyan league.


Highly placed sources at the team told WeekendSport that the club is toying around the thought of employing one of the gaffers following a thorough recruitment drive. Sources further say both coaches are neck to neck and the club is hopeful that the appointment of any of the two experienced coaches will not attract back lash.


Tshosane is seen a master strategist who wrote his name into local football folklore when he took the senior national team (The Zebras) to AFCON finals in 2012. He has won a couple of domestic titles with army side, BDF XI. However, Stan left domestic football in 2014 after protracted contractual disputes with local federation, Botswana Football Association. Meanwhile, it is said the troubled Gaborone outfit’s eagerness to reunite with Drago on the one hand, the next season would not be deflected even if the club is divided on the way forward.


Drago was once employed by United, first as a Technical Director and later as its head coach. Despite the club's very secret courting of its former coach in the aftermath of the fall of controversial yet talented Zapata, there remains the possibility that Prisons XI mentor Philemon Makhwengwe could compete for  the post as he too, has been contacted. Makhwengwe won the 2012 Coca- Cola cup with GU.


It is also understood that GU continues to sound out candidates. Though Drago is said to be confident he will return to the club where he spent a trophy-barren turbulent spell of a few seasons, the pendulum could swing to other candidates. The possibility that GU who finished fifth in the Premier League under difficult conditions, may not mount a serious challenge for the coming season’s honours had been mooted as a potential obstacle to Drago’s return.


While that would have serious and or little  implications for the club's attempts to balance the books where finances has been a major issue in the last season, sources close to the negotiations have suggested Drago would actually not be discouraged from joining the side should the team fail to climb the league log again. Indeed, he could consider it an even greater challenge. He went to Rollers and turns around the fortunes of the club that later won double title.


GU has said it will only make an official announcement once the appointment has been completed by the club management. Whoever comes on board will have a mammoth task re- building a team that has now lost 8 talented senior players to other rivals in the league.

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