Mafu, Yogi survive 'for now'

HARARE - With all the attention pinned on the controversy surrounding Dynamos’ win against Highlanders on Sunday, coaches Bongani Mafu and David Mandigora could have survived for another day.

The future of the two coaches remains precarious as the club bosses ominously kept a low profile at the match.

Mafu knew the DeMbare result would have determined his future at the Bulawayo giants but after referee Norman Matemera and his assistant Bongani Gadzikwa disallowed a genuine Bosso goal, the outspoken coach appears to have been spared the chop.

Highlanders had a genuine goal disallowed while trailing DeMbare 3-2 when midfielder Edmore Muzenanhamo was adjudged to have been offside.

Referee Matemera had indicated for a goal but the assistant referee Gadzikwa who has a much greater say in the offsides had his flag up although television replays showed the Bosso midfielder was clearly onside when he smashed home what would have been an equaliser.

The decision proved to be the bone of contention and the Zifa Referee’s Committee swiftly moved in to suspend Gadzikwa, following his poor decision that denied Highlanders a legitimate goal.

But despite Sunday’s controversy it is the manner in which Highlanders has fared so far which leaves Mafu’s job on the line.

The Bulawayo giants are closer to the relegation zone than they are to log leaders Chicken Inn and this has left their fans bitter with Mafu.

Bosso are struggling for consistency and prior to their defeat on Sunday they had failed to collect maximum points in their previous two matches after playing to a two-all draw against FC Platinum before registering a one-all draw against How Mine in the Bulawayo derby.

After 14 rounds of action in the PSL, Highlanders are sitting on ninth place on the log standing with 19 points, 10 behind log leaders Chicken Inn.

And Mafu — who was appointed Bosso coach at the beginning of the year — is under growing pressure from dissatisfied fans following an inconsistent run of results.

Mafu has a difficult task awaits him in his next two matches as they take on Triangle in back-to-back clashes.

Triangle, now under former Bosso coach Kelvin Kaindu  are flying high after an impressive start to the season and have proved  beyond any reasonable doubt that they have what it takes to slug it with the big boys in their quest to win the title.

Kaindu has brought in some sweeteners to the Sugar Sugar Boys’ game which was at times, last year, characterised by patchy performances.

Hounded out of Bosso and embraced by the Lowveld side’s management, Kaindu has been quietly writing his own script with a team that fights for each other as it plays to the philosophy of the highly-rated Zambian.

As for Mandigora, the jury is still out on the DeMbare coach, who has struggled to win the hearts of the supporters.

Even after the win over Bosso, the DeMbare fans were still not convinced with Mandigora’s abilities to emulate the trend set by his predecessor Calisto Pasuwa, who won four straight league titles between 2011 and 2014.

On Sunday, the Glamour Boys played second fiddle to Bosso for long periods and were able to emerge with three points due to Ronald Chitiyo’s brilliance and the glaring mistake by the match officials.

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