former Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu

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Last night, Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu seemed set to end the year at the Bulawayo giants after the executive, the finance and human resources sub-committees met with indications that the Bosso leadership was advised against letting him go as it would face damaging litigation.

The Kaindu drama which started soon after their humiliating 1-3 loss to ZPC Kariba last Sunday, has dragged on throughout the week with reports that the mentor had resigned.

However, revelations at the club offices were that Kaindu did not write a resignation letter to the executive, but indicated verbally that he was willing to quit the 2006 league champions following a poor showing from the boys in black and white.

Pressure was put on the media and supporters to force him to quit voluntarily after reportedly tendering a resignation, but consultations with his advisors pointed to the contrary.

A source within the club who is privy to the goings-on in the team said they were advised against releasing the mentor from his contractual obligations after a presentation by legal experts.

Kaindu signed a two-year contract which runs to the end of next year.

“It opens the club to a protracted litigation process. In any case what wrong has Kaindu done? He is in the top-four and if Dynamos lose two games and Highlanders win two games they would still be in with a chance to win the league,” the source said.

The source added that legal advisors read the riot act against unreasonable statements to the media and insinuations that Kaindu should leave the club.

Earlier another source said they had prepared the gaffer’s exit package and were waiting for his signature to make his resignation official.

“We have prepared everything. The board and the executive will be having an emergency meeting this afternoon (yesterday). He did not write a resignation letter, but indicated that he wanted to leave. We are waiting for his letter so that we discuss this afternoon and have it in black and white,” he said.

However, the Zambian reportedly snubbed the meeting and has not been seen at training during this week.

“The Zambian gaffer will take charge of the remaining league matches and cup competitions,” the source said.

Highlanders are preparing for their remaining six league games and the Chibuku Super Cup semi-final. They qualify for the Mbada Diamonds Cup which will feature the top four teams in the league.

Highlanders are in fourth position on the log with 39 points having lost the last two encounters and need to win all their remaining fixtures hoping that the top-three will slip up.

Dynamos, ZPC Kariba and Caps United make up the top three.

Southern Eye Sport sought comments from club chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede who referred reporters to the chairman Peter Dube.

“Talk to the chairman. He will give you a comment,” Gumede said.

Dube asked reporters to call at 4:30pm and Southern Eye contacted him at 6:18pm, but his mobile phone went unanswered.

The publication then sought another comment from board chairman Mgcini Nkolomi who said he had not attended the meeting. One of Bosso board members is Nicholas Mathonsi, a High Court judge, who was spotted at the club offices.

“I did not attend the meeting. Peter Dube was at the meeting. If he is not answering his phone he is attending a child’s prize-giving ceremony. You should probably keep trying him,” he said.

However, Southern Eye finally got hold of Dube minutes later, but he asked the reporter to call after two hours.

Kaindu was again not at training yesterday.


  1. I was really taken aback by Highlanders’ CEO when he went public saying KK had to go before the Board/ Executive met to deliberate on the way forward after that debacle at the hands of ZPC KARIBA. The CEO might have been angry at worst but his utterances were just unethical and unprofessional.Such utterances bring the Highlanders Institution into disrepute. As the CEO his language ought to be beyond reproach.

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