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Rahman Gumbo gets open cheque

Gumbo, who joined FC Platinum on June 1 and started work on a high note after dispatching his former club Highlanders 2-0 has been out of the country for the past six years.


However, Gumbo told Standardsport in Zvishavane that his team needed to be strengthened.

“The truth of the matter is the team is far from being a championship challenging material hence we need to sign a number of players to beef it up in certain areas.

“I was not convinced at all that the team could challenge for the championship. Something needs to be done in the mid-season transfer window. However, I salute the players for the victory over my former club (Highlanders) which I also coached for three years,” Gumbo said.

The revelation by Gumbo that he is going on the market gives credence to reports that the coach has been given an open cheque to beef up the squad.

Gumbo said that he did not need time to adjust to the domestic premiership, as he is a professional despite being away for six years.

“ I have no problem with getting used to the league. I played here at home before taking up coaching posts at home. I later left the country for greener pastures. I am a professional, I do not need much time to adjust,” Gumbo said.

Gumbo is known for his 3-5-2 formation and the love for physically strong players.

“The boys are not all that strong. I need to work with them so hard, such that they become strong players who will be able to endure pressure and adjust to different temperatures,” he added.

From the look of things, Gumbo is set to beef up his squad in the midfield. FC Platinum were on the market at the beginning of the 2011 soccer season snatching several high profile players, among them the reigning Soccer Star of the Year, Charles Sibanda, Bhekhi Ncube, Zephaniah and Joel Ngodzo.
Gumbo, who is one of the most successful coaches in the land, had a three-year romance with Bulawayo giants Highlanders winning two championships before relocating to Harare where he had stints with clubs like the defunct Sporting Lions, which was owned by Chimurenga music guru Thomas Mapfumo, CAPS United and Motor Action.


Gumbo’s league titles

Rahman Gumbo later left the country for Malawi where he won the championship with Telecom Wonderers before going to Botswana where he also won the championship with Township Rollers.

Gumbo was with Nico United this year when he was lured to join FC Platinum.

Meanwhile, forgotten striker Norman Maroto has called for the fans to be patient with him, as he was not getting game time at FC Platinum.

Maroto scored 22 goals last season scooping the Golden Boot Award, but he has not scored a goal this season.

“I am not at liberty to disclose a lot of things to you but what I can tell all those who follow me is that they have to be patient, goals will come as they have always done,” he said.

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