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17/02/2016 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Finally at work ... New Bosso boss Elroy Akbay

HIGHLANDERS have given their new coach Dutchman Elroy Akbay a target of a top four finish this year.

However, Akbay has been told in no uncertain terms he should deliver the championship in his final two year deal.

The Dutchman who arrived in Bulawayo on Tuesday was handed a two year contract as Bosso seek to lift the championship for the first time since 2006.
Akbay was issued with his work permit last Wednesday.

Bosso chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede said Akbay would have to deliver. He said they were expecting a top-four finish this year and that in the first 10 games he should stay with the leading pack and get a minimum of 60% achievement.

Gumede, however said while there could be excuses in his first year, he had to deliver the championship in the second year.

“Mr Akbay is here on a two year performance-based contract. In the first year, he would be finding his feet. You can’t really blame him for the choice of players that he will find. But if he is a coach of his own mettle, he should be able to guide those players into some form of team of repute.

“So, in the first year we are expecting that in the first 10 games, he should be staying with the leading pack and get a minimum of 60% of achievement. It may sound steep but we are not a small club and he has already accepted that we are a big club. And if by the end of the year he finishes top four we will deem that he has done reasonably well,” Gumede said.

“The tricky year is his second. In the second year there are no excuses. He would have acclimatised to the environment in Zimbabwe. He would have been given two chances to get his own players at mid-season 2016 and at the beginning of the season 2017 and now the fault will be his if he is not delivering.

“The big cake must certainly come in the second year. If he can win it 2016 I am sure I can ask one of my sisters to come back from marriage and we give him another wife,” Gumede added.

Akbay said he was not aware of any players at the club and Zimbabwe in general and will be consulting with members of the technical team Soma-Phiri who is the assistant coach and technical adviser and goalkeepers’ coach Cosmas “Tsano” Zulu.

The Dutchman promised to bring good football to Highlanders.

“Highlanders is a big club of course. What I want to give to Highlanders is very nice football. I hope that with the team that I will be working with we get what we want this year. Normally when you start with a new team it will take you three months to see what you want. After three months, the team will be ready for 100%. The programme starts now. The programme that started in January was little a programme. The big programme starts now,” the soft spoken coach said.


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