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Cosmas Zulu takes over as Highlanders finally fire coach Mafu
03/09/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
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BONGANI Mafu has finally been fired as Highlanders coach.

Veteran coach Cosmas Zulu is the new boss with Amin Soma-Phiri and Melusi Sibanda coming in as assistants.

Vezigama Dlomo is the new team manager, replacing Netsai Moyo.

The club’s executive met on Wednesday, took the decision and later informed their principal sponsors, BancABC, before making it official at a press conference on Thursday midday.

Mafu leaves the club in 10th spot in the Castle Lager Premiership log with just 25 points, 18 off leaders and city neighbours Bulawayo.

Highlanders are also out of the Chibuku Super Cup after losing to How Mine in the first round.

The only silverware in their cabinet is the ZNA Commander Charities Shield which they won last month after beating Dynamos 1-0 in the final at Rufaro.

Mafu was understood to be on a $2,000 a month salary.

The writing was on the wall for Mafu on Tuesday as he watched his former assistant Mandla ‘Lulu’ Mpofu take charge of training at White City Stadium while he sat from the stands.

But Mafu took charge again on Wednesday before the executive committee meeting in the evening.

According to Bosso chairman Peter Dube, Wednesday's evening meeting was “very short” and it did not take long before a decision was made on the coach’s fate.

The former Zimbabwe Saints coach failed his 90-minute test on Sunday when Bosso went down 3-2 to PSL leaders Chicken Inn at Barbourfields.

He had been saved from the axe the previous week when they lost 1-0 to Whawha in Gweru.

Before that they had lost 2-1 at home to FC Platinum.

Bosso’s executive review meeting was due to take place on Monday, but could not go ahead as club boss Peter Dube and CEO Ndumiso Gumede were attending a two-day SuperSport workshop in Harare which ended Tuesday.

Mafu has presided over the worst period of Highlanders since 1989 when the club was almost relegated.

He has managed just six wins, eight losses and seven draws and the club sits on 10th position on the log, in real danger of relegation.

Mafu’s biggest achievement was breaking the Dynamos jinx, albeit in a cup competition when they defeated them 1-0 in the ZNA Commander Charities final in Harare, but losing to clubs like Whawha is unacceptable.

Next season, Briton Desmond Bulpin, according to sources, is likely to take charge of the club with his accommodation already secured in Sunninghill in addition to a car, thanks to usual benefactor, TshingaDube.



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