Kaindu returns

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HIGHLANDERS head coach Kelvin Kaindu will be back in Bulawayo tomorrow and will be in charge of the team in their first Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) match against Chapungu United at Ascot Stadium in Gweru at the weekend.

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SPORTS REPORTER

He has not quit Highlanders as reported in yesterday’s April Fool’s Day prank!

The Zambian gaffer has been attending the ongoing Uefa B Licence coaching course in the United Kingdom and a reliable source told Southern Eye Sport yesterday that he would be leaving the UK today, make a stop in Zambia before travelling to Bulawayo.

“He is leaving tomorrow (today) on his way to Zambia and then he will travel to Zimbabwe where he will put up in Victoria Falls before coming to Bulawayo on Thursday (tomorrow),” the source said.

Highlanders chairman Peter Dube said he was not sure when exactly Kaindu would be in the country, but said he finished his course session on Monday and was probably making plans to return.

“He must have finished his session yesterday (Monday) and probably making plans to return. He still has one session left on his course and he will be going back to graduate in May,” Dube said.

The Zambian mentor left for the UK last week and was away when Highlanders lost 5-6 to FC Platinum in a penalty shoot-out in the semi-final of the Independence Cup at Barbourfields Stadium (BF) on Sunday.

Last year he skipped the penultimate match for the championship when Highlanders were clobbered 0-4 by Harare City in Harare as he was attending the course in the UK.

The pre-season preparations have also been punctuated by absence to the UK, missing the Bob 90 elimination match against Harare City which Highlanders won 1-2, the friendly match against FC Platinum which Bosso also won 1-0 at BF.

Kaindu arrived just a day before the semi-final of the CG Msipa Charity Shield, which Highlanders lost 2-1 in a penalty shootout to Chapungu in Gweru and this week, he also arrives just a few days before the first league match.

However, the Highlanders executive believes that the coach’s course will come in handy for Highlanders in the quest to lift the PSL championship, which has eluded them for the past seven years.

Last year, Kaindu won the country’s major cup tournament, the Mbada Diamonds Cup for Highlanders after beating How Mine 3-0 at BF on November 30, but has twice played second fiddle to Dynamos in the league title.

Kaindu signed another two-year contract with Bosso which will end in December next year.