Mafu picks his men

BULAWAYO - Highlanders yesterday unveiled a new-look backroom staff that will work with the incoming coach Bongani Mafu.

Mafu, who was unveiled as the new Bosso gaffer to replace Kevin Kaindu towards the end of last year, will now be assisted by former Chicken Inn coach Mandla Mpofu.

Peter “Oxo” Nkomo retains his position as goalkeepers’ coach while former Bosso player Netsai “Super” Moyo takes over as team manager from Willard Mashinkila-Khumalo.  

The club doctor Sebastian Ndlovu and physiotherapist Loyal Nyika also retained their posts.

There was no room for Cosmas “Tsano” Zulu, who came in towards the end of season as the technical advisor.

The Bulawayo- giants also scrapped the post of Physical trainer that was held by Majaha Ndlovu.

There was also no room for caretaker coach Mark Mathe, who was in charge of the club for the remainder of last season following Kaindu’s resignation in October.

Highlanders CEO Ndumiso Gumede said financial constraints have restricted them to appointing a leaner technical structure.

“We have a smaller technical department this time around not because we don’t want to have a bigger one but we have a bit of a challenge financially,” he said.

“Our sponsors have officially told us that they have reduced their sponsorship to us for this season hence our decision to do away with not so critical positions in the team.

“Let me take this opportunity to say who ever was not unveiled in the technical team today all it means is their contracts have not been renewed.

“It means they are no more in the technical team. We thank all those who were in the previous team for the effort they put.

“All people must know is we meet to part and we also part to meet at some point. The first part of the phrase has just happened I hope the second part will happen someday.” Gumede said.

Gumede also said Mafu has also been given the task to organise the technical department for the juniors.

Asked about the target they have set for Mafu and his technical staff Gumede said: “It will not be true for any coach to promise 10 trophies in a competitive league.

“However, what I want to promise supporters is good football. We have young energetic players and I believe they will play some entertaining football. We will do our best as a team.”

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Cde Chinotimba - 6 January 2015

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