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Mark Mathe takes charge at Highlanders

Change of guard ... Mark Mathe (right) with former head coach Kelvin Kaindu

06/10/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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MARK Mathe formally took charge at Highlanders on Monday morning ahead of the weekend trip to Harare to face Caps United.

Mathe has been Kelvin Kaindu’s assistant since the start of the season, and handled the reverse fixture between the two clubs in May which Highlanders won 4-0 at Barbourfields when the Zambian was in the United Kingdom.

Mathe’s elevation follows Kaindu’s formal resignation on Friday night, where an exit package of $18,000 was agreed.

Kaindu had initially quit last Sunday night after Bosso’s 1-3 home loss to ZPC Kariba ended in violence at Hartsfield, but the official announcement was not made until five days later.

Kaindu arrived in Zambia on Saturday and told the media there that he had left the club by mutual consent.

“I have left Highlanders by mutual consent and I am coming back home," Kaindu told MTNFootball.com. "I had a great three seasons here."

He led Highlanders to two back-to-back runners-up league finishes in 2012 and 2013, oversaw Highlanders’ 23-match unbeaten league run in 2012 and won the 2013 Mbada Cup the following season.

Peter Nkomo, the goalkeeper’s coach will assist Mathe in the dugout for the remaining six games of the season.

Highlanders are in third place with 39 points while Caps lie in third with 42, making this a must win game for both sides if they are to keep track of leaders Dynamos (44 points).

In other fixtures this weekend, Dynamos travel to Sakubva Stadium for a date with Buffaloes as they seek to maintain top spot.

Buffaloes, then under Luke Masomere stunned Dynamos 1-0 at the National Sports Stadium in Week, and have now recruited Moses Chunga.

Buffaloes handed Dynamos their first league defeat of the season last year when they beat them 3-2 at Sakubva.

Hwange, the dark horses in the race and in fifth place, are at home to How Mine while Shabanie Mine continue their relegation fight against Chapungu at Maglas on Sunday.

FC Platinum head to Harare City in the capital on Saturday with coach Norman Mapeza seeking his second away win in the league since taking over from Lloyd Mutasa in July.

Platinum have beaten Black Rhinos 1-0 at Rimuka and last week recorded their first home win when they edged Buffaloes 2-1.

Week 25 Fixtures: Hwange vs How Mine, Buffaloes vs Dynamos, Caps United v Highlanders, Shabanie Mine vs Chapungu, Chicken Inn vs Black Rhinos, Chiredzi vs Bantu Rovers, Harare City vs FC Platinum, ZPC Kariba vs Triangle


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