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Soma-Phiri ready to work as Bosso assistant coach, says new Dutch boss needs everyone's support
24/01/2016 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Akbay needs our support ... Bosso assistant coach Amin Soma-Phiri

FORMER Highlanders coach Amin Soma Phiri is read to work under new Dutch boss Erol Akbay despite earlier indications that he was not happy with being appointed the assistant coach.

Soma-Phiri took over from Bongani Mafu with 12 games of the 2015 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season to go and led the team to a sixth place finish on the log.

Remarkably, he led the team to the Easycall Cup glory when they beat Chicken Inn 1-0 in the final, and along the way eliminated FC Platinum and Dynamos in the quarterfinals and semi-finals respectively.

Due to this success, he felt he deserved the top job, but the Bosso hierarchy had already made their mind on getting a foreign coach, who is just waiting for his work permit.

There were fears two weeks back that Soma-Phiri had turned his back on his boyhood club after missing pre-season training as he was in South Africa and also attended a family bereavement.

“He (Akbay) will be my boss and I am ready to work with him. I think when he comes we should give him all the support that he needs, not just me but the whole Highlanders family including you the media should back him. I’m sure this will make his work easier and ensure success for the team,” said Soma-Phiri.

Cosmas Zulu is likely to be retained as technical advisor while Melusi Sibanda, who was in the interim structure with Soma-Phiri, has been tasked with leading their developmental side that will play in the Southern Region Division One League.

This team has appointed Marko Dube, brother to club legends Madinda, Adam and Peter, as manager.

Soma-Phiri can consider himself lucky, though.

His counterpart at Dynamos, Tonderayi Ndiraya, who led the team to second place finish in 2015 after taking over from the axed David Mandigora has been sent packing.

Ndiraya has been replaced by Portuguese coach Jorge Silva, who will be assisted by club legend Lloyd Mutasa, Gift Muzadzi and long-time serving manager Richard Chihoro.

Ndiraya claims he had been offered the top job and was only left to agree personal terms, but the Dynamos leadership says the process to recruit a foreign coach had started in 2014 when Kalisto Pasuwa left after four successive league titles.


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