Ambitious and relatively mega rich Debswana First Division North League side Two-Two-Five FC have appointed Zambian gaffer, Mulenga Chewe, as their new head coach.
43-year-old Chewe takes over from the club’s founder Rivonia Makwate, who has been in charge since the club gained the First Division North League status a couple of years ago.
Two-Two-Five ascended to the First Division after their acquisition of the now defunct Boteti Young Fighters following the amalgamation of teams in the Orapa and Letlhakane villages to form Orapa United FC. They finished seventh on the league table last season.
After failing to make a long lasting impression this season, the club has already started planning for next season with the intention to win the championship and gain automatic promotion to the biggest league on the land.
Makwate confirmed the development to Voice Sport.
He said structures of the club have been reviewed resulting in the acquisition of Chewe’s coaching services.
The club has appointed the head coach for the 2013/14 season which is expected to start later this year in September.
Makwate said the team has since applied for the former Tafic striker’s work and residence permits and is waiting for approval.
“The aim is to transform the club into a formidable side and probably win automatic promotion to the premier league. And for us to achieve that, our preparation has to start right now,” he said.
Makwate is optimistic that his new recruit will deliver expected.
Chewe is not new to the local football.
He had a six-month stint at TAFIC Sporting Club during the 2004/05 season when the Francistown based side had relegated to the then unfashionable lower division.
The former prolific striker and now a holder of a Level B Coaching License helped TAFIC to regain its premiership status by scoring week in week out before heading back to his native Zambia to start his coaching career.
Speaking from Zambia in a telephone interview, Chewe confirmed the appointment.
He said his spirits are high after clinching his first coaching job in a foreign land. “I am hopeful of doing well.
This is my first time taking up a coaching job outside the borders of Zambia. It is my hope that I will be equal to the task,” he said and added that Botswana football was not foreign to him.