Mafu under fire in Botswana

HARARE - Former Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu is under increasing pressure and is now fighting to save his job at Botswana’s Mochudi Centre Chiefs following a string of poor results.

The defending Botswana champions find themselves in the relegation zone after only 10 matches.

Mafu, who joined Chiefs at the beginning of Botswana’s season in August, has lost five matches, winning two while drawing three times to leave his side with a paltry nine points.

The run has not gone well with the club’s fans who are calling for his head while the local media have gone a step further labelling the former Zimbabwe Saints and Tsholotsho coach as a “mere primary school teacher rather than a coach.”

And following the latest 2-0 home defeat to Black Forest on Monday, a frustrated Mafu was forced to explain his coaching credentials to the Botswana media, who want him sacked.

“I am going to introduce myself first because I read an article which described me very wrongly, so that’s all I am going to give to you today..” Mafu said after the match.

“I think our team is not doing well, but I really think I deserve to be described for who I am, you understand? So today I am going to introduce myself to you guys may be some other time we can talk about this game.

“My name is . . . Mafu, I am a high school trained teacher. I attended Hillside Teacher Training College, so for people to say I am a primary school teacher is a bit insulting. I am also a French and Physical education specialist, I coached Zimbabwe Saints then a few years ago, I came to teach in Phakalane because they needed a specialist French teacher. At that time, I coached Gaborone United and then I went to the UK and I have been coaching there and I came back last year after 16 years.

“I coached Highlanders and with seven games to go I was relieved of my duties and I went to coach Tsholotsho. Tsholotsho is not a second-tier team of Zimbabwe football, it’s a Premier League team and they are still in the Premier League. My job was to go and help them survive and they survived and then Mochudi Centre Chiefs gave me a job. Thank you.”

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