HIGHLANDERS fans have lost all hope of lifting the 2014 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League championship following the 0-1 defeat to Harare City at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday.
Bosso followers who spoke to Southern Eye Sport yesterday said with Bosso facing ZPC Kariba and Caps United in their next league matches, winning the title was now just a dream.
Some of the fans said head coach Kelvin Kaindu had failed and should just finish the season and pack his bags and the Bosso executive committee should be making plans for next season.
Husky, a popular Bosso supporter, said the crop of players at Highlanders is not championship winning material and their behaviour off the pitch contributed to Bosso’s demise.
“Generally most of those boys drink too much alcohol and as a result, fail to do well. You see those boys on Mondays after the weekend match and then on Tuesday they are at training. But nobody follows up on the boys to see what they do off the field of play. I have also heard there are camps within the team with some aligned to (assistant coach Mark) Mathe and some to (head coach) Kaindu. I hear some players are being influenced to under-perform so that Kaindu is fired,” he said.
“Well, firing Kaindu will be a breach of contract and remember the Mohamed Fathi case. There are only seven games remaining and he must be left to see through these matches. Otherwise at this stage, to talk about the championship with the crop of players we should just forget and smile.”
Faith Silandulo Dube, a Bosso life member, said Kaindu had failed and Highlanders should be planning for next season with a new coach.
“There is serious indecision and this guy (Kaindu) has failed. For three years the results have been mediocre and no decision has been taken. We have changed assistant coaches, managers and now we have fitness trainers, a scenario which has not been there at Highlanders, but there are no results,” he said.
“There are a few games remaining and the league is gone. We are now hoping for other teams to beat Dynamos for us. We are playing ZPC Kariba and then Caps United. We are going to lose those matches and then there is Hwange away. We are now just looking forward to those that appoint and disappoint to make decisions because come next year, we will be asking them questions. There is no excitement at all, people have given up. This thing (Bosso) is a sinking ship.”
Mola Moyo of Mpopoma said Highlanders might win two of the remaining seven matches, but are definitely out of the race.
“We are out of the race. We must just start preparing for next year because if we think of winning the title, we will put the coach under pressure. With the current squabbles and the disunity we might just win two matches. Kaindu should have gone a long time ago. He has failed in terms of results,” Moyo said.
Mike Mlilo, Moyo’s friend from Lobengula concurred saying it had become difficult to know who was calling the shots at Bosso.
“There is too much infighting at times you don’t even know whether to blame Kaindu or the team’s leaders,” Mlilo said.
Graham Dube of Emganwini said Bosso were left with tough assignments in the remaining matches and it would be difficult to win the league title.
“We cannot win the championship at this stage considering the tough remaining matches that we have. I think we need a change in the technical department. We can’t be coming second to Dynamos and it means Kaindu’s strategies have failed. Failing to beat Dynamos has been the major drawback. But other small teams are beating Dynamos,” Dube said.
However, Nkosinathi Ngwenya and Gagashi Nxumalo, also from Emganwini believe Bosso still has a chance.
“Chances are still there. Let’s not blame the coach but the attitude of the players. There is no unity among the players and they need serious counselling and if that is taken care of, we will prevail. We mustn’t lose hope. We still have faith in Kaindu,” Ngwenya said.