HIGHLANDERS will be without head coach Kelvin Kaindu for the Bob 90 Super Cup semi-final clash against Harare City on Sunday as the Zambian gaffer was scheduled to leave for the United Kingdom yesterday for his Uefa B Licence coaching course.
Peter Dube confirmed Kaindu was leaving for the United Kingdom.
“He is meant to leave today (yesterday), I understand,” he said.
Dube said although this could affect their performance it was also a time for the assistants to “stand up and be counted”.
“Naturally if you do not have the most senior member of your staff it does affect you. We are looking at the long term and we want to see the benefits Highlanders will get. We also want to give the other guys a chance to stand up and be counted,” he said.
Mark Mathe and goalkeepers’ coach Peter Nkomo will be in charge of the match.
Kaindu joined the team about three weeks ago following his extended stay in Zambia and the UK for his studies.
The Zambian will also not be available to see his new signings in action, but says he has seen what he wants in most of the players.
“It is likely that most of them will play this Sunday. Our preparations have been going well and we managed to see what we want from the players. It is just the combinations that we have to work on because the players are coming from different clubs,” said Kaindu.
Bosso acquired the services of Khumbulani Banda, Felix Chindungwe, Valentine Ndaba, Charles Sibanda, Njabulo Nyoni, Joel Ngodzo and Welcome Ndiweni.
Rahman Kutsanzira was also spotted training with Bosso with sources saying the Bulawayo giants have agreed with Caps United for the transfer of the midfielder to compensate for the $14 000 that the Green Machine owe Highlanders for the sale of Stephen Alimenda, who is now at Dynamos.
The winner of Sunday’s match will face Dynamos in the final next weekend. Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi said they had prepared well for the match and that they are in the process of finalising their team.
“Our preparations have been going well and we are really looking forward to playing Highlanders on Sunday. This is a big competition and we are likely to field some of our new players. At the moment I cannot, however, say who will be in the team,” he said.
Mawiwi said they were still looking at other possible players in their team and would do so until the end of the transfer window.
Harare City already has eight new signings for their 2014 squad who include Francisco Zekumbawira, Misheck Mburayi, Takudzwa Chimwemwe, Agrippa Muripa, Timire Mamvura, Mhleli Sibanda, Benson Maglasi and Arnold Chiveya.