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Highlanders Coach Looking for New Players, Promises Fireworks

  • Gibbs Dube

New Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu signed a one-year contract.

New Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu signed a one-year contract.

New Highlanders Football Club coach Bongani Mafu says he has started looking for young players in order to boost the team’s chances of playing well in the 2015 soccer season.

Mafu told VOA Studio 7 he is confident the team will attract more spectators this year following a dismal performance in the last soccer season.

The former Zimbabwe Saints coach said he is happy to be part of Bosso.

He said, “I am so excited to coach my home town team. It is every boy’s dream to grow up and play at Highlanders, coach at Highlanders and be part of Highlanders because that is the brand that we all want to work with.”

He promised that his team will play a brand of football that is synonymous with the club. “The bran of football that brings what we call ‘ukhwelo’. I would not love to call it whistling because that is a little bit light. Ukhwelo is something that is unique with Highlanders. It is something that makes you hair stand up. I want to bring that back onto the pitch.”

Mafu also noted that he will soon start looking for new players. “We are going to try and beef up the squad. Few of our players are reaching their retiring ages.”

Highlanders ended the season on fifth position, one of its worst ever performances in years.

The club fired Zambian coach, Kelvin Kaindu, just before the end of the 2014 soccer season amid reports that some players were not committed to the club as they were drinking beer before crucial league matches.