All is well for Kaindu

HARARE - Highlanders thought they had done themselves a favour by forcing former coach Kelvin Kaindu out of the club but given last weekend’s results, it looks like they were crucifying their own “messiah”.

The Zambian arrived in the country at the start of the 2012 season when Bosso had slumped to an average side.

But he transformed the Bulawayo giants into title contenders in his first year before losing the title to Dynamos on goal difference.

It was a similar feat the following year, when Dynamos again beat Highlanders to the league title on goal difference.

There was however, some solace for Highlanders as the Zambian led the Bulawayo giants to Mbada Diamonds Cup glory with a convincing victory over city rivals How Mine.

Last season, Bosso had an indifferent season that began on a positive note and were even seen as early season favourites to wrestle the championship away from DeMbare.

Bosso, however, hit a bad patch at some point just like any club and the relationship between Kaindu and the fans soured forcing the Zambian to resign in October.

At the time of his departure, Kaindu left Bosso on fourth place on the table, seven points off top spot with six matches to play. The club finished the season on fifth place under caretaker coach Mark Mathe.

Highlanders reacted to Kaindu’s departure by appointing Bongani Mafu as the substantive coach ahead of the 2015 season; while Kaindu went on to join Triangle.

And from the opening results of the opening round of the 2015 Castle Premiership season, it seems Kaindu’s magic is already working for his new team Triangle while Highlanders remained stagnant.

Triangle got their 2015 season off to a flyer with a convincing 5-2 win against Hwange while Bosso were handed a demoralising 2-0 defeat away to ZPC Kariba.

Kaindu has already set himself a target of transforming Triangle into a competitive side after surviving relegation on the last day last season.

“We want to avoid a situation where we fight relegation at the end of the season,” Kaindu told the Daily News yesterday.

“Of course, just like any other team we want to compete well. Everybody wants to win and we are looking forward to doing well.

“We don’t want to raise too much hope, especially considering our weekend result. I think consistency will be key to our season.

“I think so far so good; we are progressing well. It seems we are heading somewhere.”

While Kaindu is happy with the progress of his new team, the same cannot be said about his former club Highlanders.

“This is the first game of the season. We have lots more to work on. We have Tsholotsho coming up next week, we just need to go back to the drawing board,” Mafu said after the defeat by ZPC Kariba.

While it is still early days yet, it seems firing Kaindu was not the right decision for the Bulawayo giants.

Time will only tell how successful Mafu will be at the Bulawayo giants but there is no doubt that it is a big change for both players and coach.

In other opening matches played, ambitious Harare City coach Taurai Mangwiro says defeat in the opening match, should act as a “wake-up call” for his players.

The Sunshine Boys, who looked the team to beat this season after acquiring several seasoned players, were stunned by newly-promoted side Tsholotsho FC.

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