There is trouble at 50 Robert Mugabe Way in Bulawayo.
This is the headquarters of the country’s second most successful and popular football club, Highlanders, who are still reeling from a 4-1 humiliation at the hands of Dynamos in the TM Pick ‘n’ Pay Challenge Cup at the National Sports Stadium, Harare, on Saturday.
Bosso chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede said after Monday evening’s routine review meeting, the technical team was told to “pull up their stockings or else . . .” without going into detail.
Bosso exhibited a terribly poor performance which saw them get one goal from Felix Chindungwe while Dynamos were rewarded through a Simba Sithole brace and a goal each from Roderick Mutuma and Washington Pakamisa.
“The executive expressed its dismay over the exceedingly poor performance of the team in the TM tournament. The executive also observed that part of the problem is the lack of discipline within the team and pointed out these concerns to the technical team.
“They also pointed out the concerns of the public on the poor performance of the team in particular with regard to the games against Dynamos. The technical team was told to pull up their socks or else . . .,” said Gumede, who chose not to reveal what would happen.
But what is clear is that, the axe will fall anytime soon on both the technical team and some of the players. Dynamos have beaten Highlanders four times this season in the Bob90 Super Cup in March 2-0, in both league matches, 1-0 home and away and recently in Saturday’s cup final.
A section of Bosso fans has called on Kelvin Kaindu to step down as head coach, but the Peter Dube-led executive has stood behind the Zambian mentor.
However, Gumede said they discussed the club’s future prospects and agreed that the technical team has to win the Chibuku Cup and salvage the respect they have in the footballing world. They have been drawn against How Mine.
“The world will not end because Highlanders were beaten by Dynamos, but we discussed what the technical team should do henceforth and we have implored them to put all their eggs in the correct basket and salvage the respect we have,” he said with regard to the Chibuku Cup.
Gumede said people who do not contribute to the club should not call for the ouster of the technical team.
“People who do not play a significant monetary role [in the club] should not say so and so must go. The people who are members and not just the general supporters have that mandate. We respect all our supporters and their support, but they must leave the decision to the office bearers that they elected.
“If we let everyone decide who stays and who goes, we will not have a club to talk about. Look at what happened to Zimbabwe Saints. Where are they? That is what happens if you do not honour your hierarchy. Leave the person who is in charge and at the end of his term, you come in,” said the veteran football administrator.