Former Orlando Pirates striker and Zimbabwean international Gilbert Mushangazhike has been linked to the TAFIC FC coaching job this week.This follows the unceremonious departure of Serbian Draglo ‘Drago’Stanojlovic who could not agree to terms with the legendary Francistown team that was recently promoted to the BTC premiership. Mushangazhike commands a vast experience having played for several South African teams including Manning Rangers and Mpumalanga Black Aces. His career includes stints in countries like Swaziland and China.
Sources close to TAFIC said another Zimbabwean candidate short listed for the job is former Sankoyo Bush Bucks and Jwaneng Galaxy FC coach Philane Mabena. “Mushangazhike has always been on TAFIC’s radar for a very long time ad it will not be surprising for him to be roped in as the head coach at the club,” sources close to Matjimenyenga said this week. Speaking on the matter this week, TAFIC public relations officer Warrant Kolola said the Serbian demanded too much from club management.
Kolola added that when they approached Drago they made it clear that they could not afford his high salary demands for now as they went on to reach a compromise deal with the Serbian over his salary package and accommodation. “When we finally agreed with the coach, he arrived in Francistown and we organised him a one bedroomed house as per his requirements and proceeded to draft his contract. After drafting the contract, Drago expected us to increase his salary in three months’ time something we told him we could not afford as three months was not enough on our side.
”The coach agreed to our terms and conditions but insisted on travelling to Gaborone so that some Serbian lawyers could go through his contract and have him sign the contract for the job at the Matjimenyenga club.”“Once Stanjlovic arrived in Gaborone, he called the club manager Carlos Motaung demanding the club to pay P35 000-00 for his return flight ticket to Serbia together with his wife.” Kolola said the Serbian alleged that since the death of his brother some months back, he has never gone home hence his decision to demand a flight ticket from his new club. “Since we did not have money for the flight ticket, we advised the coach to fly alone to reduce costs but to no avail.