IT can perfectly be the mathematical two in two as yet another Zimbabwe coach Julius Chakupewa finally took over at MTN National First Division outfit Mbabane Citizens albeit to a losing start ending weeks if not months of speculation.
Early into the year, Chakupewa had opened up on the highly probable return to Eswatini soccer in the New Year.
It will seem MTN National First Division outfit, Mbabane Citizens’ romance, hunger and thirst with Zimbabwe soccer coaches remains unquenched requiring more exports with the Mvuma-born mentor who has had three tenures in this country set to be the latest.
Chakupewa confirmed his arrival.
“It is true that I have taken over as new Mbabane Citizens coach and at this stage the only target would be to make sure we survive relegation and probably finish in a respectable position. We can only talk of a fight for promotion and honours next season,” said Chakupewa.
Having had a back and forth relationship between now Black Rhinos coach Hebert Maruwa and Ikarbort Masocha, the Citizens will seek the services of Chakupewa to revive their waning fortunes in their bid to get back to the MTN Premier League of Eswatini where they spent a season.
Coincidentally that previous promotion two seasons ago was a shared credit between Maruwa and Masocha hence the strong belief that a Zimbabwean touch could yield good fortunes given the success stories of such imports in this league.
Chakupewa is no stranger to Swazi soccer having had his debut touch at Manzini Wanderers before being released after failure to secure the mandatory Caf. A Badge to coach in the premiership before returning home to join Central Soccer League outfit Ivan Hoe.
He then returned to Eswatini as Manzini Sundowns assistant coach and when he was fired early last year, Chakupewa then joined relegation haunted Ntambankulu Callies who he steered to safety and had seemingly agreed terms to lead the side this season before a last minute breakdown to the relationship.
However, his latest tenure got off to a losing start,a 0-4 Eswatini Bank Cup opening round defeat to George Madira’s Denver Sundowns on a weekend Tavaka Gumbo got off to a winning start with a sound 4-0 win over Ludzeludze Killers.
Tarisai Changara’s Tambuti were stretched to 5-2 penalties triumph by Seven Dreams, Ayanda Ncube’s Malanti Chiefs posted a 3-0 win over Louis XI as Takawira Chimwanda featured in Moneni Pirates 3-1 win over Hlathikhulu Tycoons.