Ex-Witbank Spurs coach to start work in Botswana


Former Witbank Spurs coach Rahman Gumbo is set to start work at Botswana topflight side Sua Flamingoes ahead of the return of football in the diamond-rich country.

The club, which is based in Northern Botswana, is scheduled to resume training next week after over 15 months of inactivity.

Botswana shelved football activities early in 2020 when Covid-19 hit.

Gumbo, who had a brief spell with Spurs in 2018, joined Flamingoes three months ago, replacing the late David Bright.

“Gumbo is around. He is expected to start working with the team after Covid-19 tests, which will be done this week. The team will also undergo the tests that will also be carried out this week as part of guidelines set by the Botswana Football Association (BFA) with reference to the return of football under Covid-19 conditions.

“We will possibly start training sometime before the end of the week. We have to ensure full compliance to Covid-19 guidelines before we could start training,” Sua Flamingoes chairperson Tirelo Thebe told Mmegi.

The 57-year-old tactician signed a two-year deal with the Premiership debutants.

Gumbo is no stranger to Botswana football having guided Township Rollers to the League title in 2009. He also had a stint with Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Gaborone United.

Besides his Rollers title triumph, Gumbo also won League titles with Zimbabwe giants Highlanders, and MTL Wanderers of Malawi.

Gumbo also won the 2015 Mascom Top 8 with Gaborone United.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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