FORMER Dynamos head coach Elvis “Chuchu” Chiweshe and Luke Masomere are the front runners to be appointed Buffaloes head coach after both coaches were interviewed in Mutare last week.
From seven coaches that the army side drew on their wish list, only four were interviewed.
In a surprise move, Shadreck Mugurasave, fired as the army side first assistant coach in June after his boss Saul Chaminuka resigned from his post, was one of the coaches interviewed. Mugurasave led Buffaloes into top-flight promotion in 2011 and was never given a chance to lead the army side after Saul Chaminuka was hired to lead at the beginning of the 2012 season to June this year.
Timothy Masachi, who was in charge of Buffaloes at the army side in the last 17 games of the campaign was also interviewed for the job, but of the four coaches that were interviewed, sources believed that the real competition is between Masomere and Chiweshe.
“I think the real deal is between Chiweshe and Masomere, although l believe that Chiweshe has a slight advantage because some executive members believe that Masomere is too talkative,” a source said.
“They are both good coaches who have seen it all. Masachi might be completely out of the running for the job because his interview was aborted after the panel said they required a Caf C licence from him,” he added.
Buffaloes spokesperson Tendai Chitowa said they would be announcing the head coach by the end of next week.
“We interviewed Elvis Chiweshe, Shadreck Mugarasave Timothy “Sicho” Masachi and Luke Masomere and we are expecting to name the head coach by the end of the next week,” he added.
The new Buffaloes coach will be expected to build a good squad after the Masachi-led side survived relegation on the last day of the campaign recently.