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Has Highlanders Coach Quit? Sources Say Yes, Team Says No!

Kelvin Kaindu

Has he resigned or not? That’s the question that gripped Highlanders Football Club circles on Tuesday amid "breaking" press reports that the team's beleaguered coach Kelvin Kaindu had quit.

But the team quickly trashed the news, insisting the Zambian gaffer was still firmly in charge.

The Chronicle newspaper's online edition had reported that Kaindu tendered his resignation Monday evening.

VOA Studio 7 sources corroborated the report, adding that Kaindu did not even attend Tuesday’s training session with the team.

"The reports are not true," Kaindu told Studio 7.

He refused to take more questions saying, "I can't comment on those issues, I think I have given you what you wanted. Those reports are not accurate; I can't go into detail on anything else."

Highlanders Football Club chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede also insisted Kaindu was still in charge.

"Kaindu is still our coach, as I speak with you I am with him. The reports are simply not true," Gumede said. He refused to discuss Kaindu's future with the club.

And in the event the Zambian national has indeed quit, sports commentator Ezra Tshisa Sibanda, a die-hard Highlanders supporter, says good riddance.

Elsewhere, the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) says it successfully submitted its bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations tournament.

Zifa spokesman Xolisani Gwesela told VOA the football association was fully prepared to rise to the challenge if it won the bid.