I will transform Bosso - Mafu

BULWAYO - New Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu says he plans to turn the club into a formidable side once again after a disappointing 2014 season.

Mafu was yesterday unveiled as the new substantive Bosso gaffer to replace Kelvin Kaindu and his immediate plans are to restore discipline amongst the Highlanders ranks.

“I can’t promise to win all the matches but all I can say is that teams will struggle to beat me and we will do well as a club,” Mafa said at his first press conference as the new Bosso coach.

“My ambition is to play excellent, disciplined football and get the much needed results. I need to build a team that will be united and disciplined on and off the field.”

The former Zimbabwe Saints coach, who recently relocate back home from the United Kingdom, was given a one year contract.

Mafu’s backroom assistants and backroom staff will be named in the coming weeks as the two parties are still in discussions. 

While living in the UK, Mafu took the chance to further his coaching qualifications and earned an Uefa B coaching licence.

During that time he also worked Western Football League side Sherborne Town FC Under-18 side.

Highlanders had an indifferent 2014 season that began on a positive note under Zambian coach Kaindu.

The Bulawayo giants were the early season favourites to wrestle the championship away from Dynamos.

Bosso, however, lost their way in the second half of the season and the relationship between the Kaindu and the fans soured forcing the Zambian to resign from his post in October.

Kaindu’s assistant Mark Mathe took temporary reigns of the club but that did not change Bosso’s fortunes.

In the six league games Mathe was in charge of the side, Highlanders lost four times and only picked up two wins to finish fifth on the Castle Premiership log standings.

At the end of the season, the Bosso hierarchy decided to look for a new substantive replacement for Kaindu.

The club advertised for the coaching position earlier this month and at least 12 applications submitted their CVs for consideration.

Initially the Bulawayo giants were interested in hiring Scotsman Desmond Donaldson Bulpin, who had also applied for the job.

Bosso were swayed against hiring the foreign coach due to their limited financial standing after BancABC reduced their sponsorship for the club.

Highlanders chairman Peter Dube said Mafu was the most suitable candidate they had among the applicants.

“We had 12 coaches of which three were Europeans, one Brazilian, one South African and seven were local,” Dube said.

“From all the coaches that had applied we made a lot of considerations. We felt by engaging Mafu we had accommodated a lot of our expectations.

“He is quite aware of the culture and nature of the club. He is young, energetic, highly qualified and has an idea about the team.

“He also brings with him a lot of international exposure and latest standards of modern football in the world as he has worked with the best teams in the world.”

Comments (2)

highlanga bosso , bosso ibosso will be fighting for second place this coming year as its obvious dynamos are the permanent kings of zim football

Harare - 27 December 2014

Hopefully what Mafu is saying is what he will do. Bosso expects good resluts and kwete kutaura.

A.B - 28 December 2014

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