Mathe takes charge of injury hit Bosso

BULAWAYO - Highlanders assistant coach Mark Mathe will be in charge of the Bulawayo giants for their Independence Cup semi-final clash against FC Platinum at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday in the absence of head coach Kelvin Kaindu.

Kaindu returned to the United Kingdom yesterday to resume his Uefa B licence studies and Mathe will take over a team that is without a number of regulars due to injury and sickness.

Warriors linkmen Peter “Rio” Moyo and Milton Ncube are carrying ankle injuries and have been ruled out of the Sunday tie while defender Eric Mudzingwa is feeling a bit under the weather.

And to further compound the injuries woes returnee Rahman Kutsanzira is still to recover from the elbow injury that he suffered on his first training session back at Bosso.

Mathe, however, believes the unavailability of these players will afford others a chance to stake a claim for a regular starting berth.

“We have a big squad and I expect those who will be selected to face FC Platinum to deliver on the day,” Mathe said.

“Highlanders is not about individual players and whoever puts on the jersey on Sunday should fight to secure victory for the club.”

Highlanders have got a surplus of midfielders at their disposal and Moyo and Ncube’s absence may not be felt as much as that of Mudzingwa, if he does not recover on time.

Mudzingwa has been deployed at the problematic right-back position this year and in his absence Mathe may choose to field Dumisani Ndlovu.

History may repeat itself if Ndlovu does play at right-back as he may go on to wrest that slot from Mudzingwa like he did last season when he capitalised on his colleague’s injury inspired absence to take over as Innocent Mapuranga’s partner at centre back.

Ndlovu has played at right back before when he was with the now defunct Bulawayo Arsenal and this could give him the edge over Mudzingwa who is still finding his feet playing on the flank.

All eyes will be on Mathe though as he has done well in his previous spell in charge of the team when Kaindu was away.

Mathe led Highlanders to a 2-1 victory over Harare City in the semi-final of the Bob90 Super Cup before overseeing a 1-0 win over FC Platinum in a friendly encounter.

The winner of the Sunday tie will come up against the winner of the match between holders Dynamos and Harare City in the final.

Comments (2)

K. Kaindu has gone back to the United Kingdom to further his coaching credentials. Fine, that is very good for both Highlanders Football Club and mr Kaindu. With due respect to Highlanders and K Kaindu may i ask this question. How long is the course and from what level did his start. If i remember well this guy has been attending coaching courses for a very long time.I thought coaching courses were short courses.Maybe it is a degree program. Iam not against this it is just out of interest. I respect Highlanders very much. Best wishes for 2014 and beyond

SHAVA - 28 March 2014

The old story has started! Highlanders looses while the couch is attending a course!!!!!!!

methodology - 31 March 2014

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