Gaborone United’s (GU) new coach has reported for duty. Argentinian Rodolfo Zapata arrived in Botswana on Sunday and immediately started work on Monday. Zapata has since been tasked with building the team up for the coming season. GU chairman Rapula Okaile confirmed the arrival of the new coach, saying he has signed a two-year deal with the club. According to Okaile, they are looking to build the team for the coming season following a not-so-good spell in the 2015/2016 season.
He, however, said they want to finish in the Top 4 so that they can play in the Mascom Top 8 competition in the next season. This season GU have lost the Top 8 Cup after failing to successfully defend it. The team was knocked out in the preliminary stages and has also lost out in the fight for the beMOBILE premier league title. The team has not been doing well this season that is why we are now preparing it for the coming season. We want to at least finish in the fourth position this year and carry on from there next season,” said Okaile. He said they are still in search of an assistant coach.
He said currently they have Steve Maposa who is being groomed to become a coach in future. “We will definitely have a complete technical team before the end of this season,” he said. GU have been without a coach and assistant coach following the firing of Drago and Oris Radipotsane. The team has been under the tutelage of George Mogopodi as caretaker coach. Zapata is an experienced coach having coached in different countries. Some of these include Canada, USA, South Africa and Nigeria. It remains to be seen if his experience will help to turn GU fortunes around.