Highlanders Football Club coach, Bongani Mafu, was fired today following a string of loses at home and away, leaving the club in a precarious 10th position on the 16-member Castle Lager Premier Soccer League log.
Bosso chief executive Ndumiso Gumede says Mafu has been replaced by former player and goalkeepers’ coach, Cosmas ‘Tsvano’ Zulu, who was also hired last year to manage and save the team from relegation with two other coaches.
Gumede told Studio 7 that Zulu’s mission is to save the team from relegation once again as Highlanders struggle to fit into the nation’s top league dominated over the years by bitter rivals, Dynamos.
“Due to a string of defeats that have left the team being precariously pegged at 10th position on the log, the executive committee took a decision to relieve the coach of his responsibilities. The stipulation is that when he is fired then he has to go with his assistants. So, the entire technical team has been asked to stand aside and in their place we now have Amin Soma, Cosmas Zulu and Melusi Mabaleka Sibanda.”
Mafu, who was hired last December, was not reachable for comment. Highlanders have been struggling for years to resuscitate the team, once considered one of the best in the country.
It is widely supported nationally by a legion of supporters who have formed many provincial and city Highlanders’ Supporters’ Clubs.