Kaindu bemoans ageing squad

BULAWAYO - How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu has attributed his side’s underwhelming 2016 season to the ageing squad he inherited at the start of the season.

The Zambian took over the Bulawayo gold miners from Luke Masomere at the start of the year but results have been hard to come by.

Chikurupati find themselves in the last relegation slot at number 13 with a paltry 30 points with only five games to go before the Castle Lager Premiership season ends.

At the weekend, How Mine were knocked out of the Chibuku Super Cup following a 4-3 penalty shoot-out loss to neighbours Highlanders. 

“We are not consistent, that’s the problem; today you can see a different team and the next day you see another one. If only we can improve on that then we can be a better side,” Kaindu said.

“If we look at 2017, there is a lot that we need to do as How Mine, as you can see we are trying to bring in some youngsters. Honestly the age is not well in the team, I cannot lie to you, age in our team it not good at all. That has even affected us if you look at the couple of games we have played in the last few weeks. The age of players ranges from 29, to 34 and that’s not good at all . . .”

Some of the ageing players in the gold miners’ squad include Tawanda Muparati, Tapiwa Khumbuyani, Heritein Masuku, Kuda Musharu, Godfrey Nguwodzawo, Makundika Sakala and Thembani Masuku.

Despite his side lying in a precarious position on the log, the former Highlanders and Triangle coach is confident they will survive relegation.

“We are left with five games and the log is quite tight, you win a match you go up there you lose you drop down, we are aiming at finishing in the top six, hoping God will help us,” he said.

Although they are bankrolled by the financial muscle of Metallon Gold Zimbabwe, Kaindu believes it is difficult to lure quality players to Chikurupati. 

“In this league, it’s difficult for a club to say we have got finances to go buy players. I have been to three clubs but I have not seen that, we always get players that are free agents and I believe that’s everywhere mostly because of the economic challenges,” the Zambian said.

“Last year, the club managed to get a number of players but I think they were not looking at the age. I don’t think there is money to go on the market and say I want this player.”

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