I’m not a quitter: Mafu

left to right Highlanders secretary Emmett Ndlovu and head coach Bongani Mafu

HIGHLANDERS head coach Bongani Mafu says he is not a quitter despite
pressure mounting on him the last couple of weeks following the team’s
lacklustre performance in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League
home games.


In the nine matches so far Highlanders won twice at home against
Tsholotsho, 1-0, and Hwange, 1-0, lost at Barbourfields (BF) to
Chapungu 0-1 and Caps United 0-1 and drew 1-1 against Harare City last

In away games they lost 0-2 to ZPC Kariba , drew 0-0 against Buffaloes won 1-0
against Dongo Sawmill and 3-0 Flame Lilly.

“I’m not a quitter,” Mafu said. “If you think that one day in this
life I would walk out, thatwill never happen.

I am not a quitter.
I am not going to quit. I’m not playing a prank.

I have not gone back on anything in my life
because I believe things could be done with conviction and knowledge
and I have both,” he continued.

Mafu joined Highlanders this season taking over from Mark Mathe who
was caretaker coach after coach Kelvin Kaindu’s resignation.

He said he had set high standards for himself when he joined the club.

“My target is to win the championship and I’m still in a good position to do
that,” he said.

Highlanders are sixth on the log with 14 points, six points away from
pacesetters Triangle and Chicken Inn who are on 20 occupying position
one and two.

Mafu said it is his responsibility to get the team to perform well and that is
all supporters want.

“I am aware of what they want. I will give them a win. Players know
what fans need. We cannot speculate and say they hate me.

They do not.Let’s not fool one another.

All that people need is a Highlanders performing well and it is my responsibility and duty to deliver that.
I take it fully and give no excuses. I know they want a win,” he said.

The Highlanders gaffer said their aim was to bring back the days when
Highlanders’ home ground BF Stadium was a fortress where teams would
shudder to play.

“Everyone in camp anticipates the former reputation of the club. I do
not know how early we would gel, but believe me, we wanted that

That is the mantra we preach every day at training and
before every game. BF should be feared by the opposition.

We always anticipate doing that.

I think the best approach as Highlanders is to
stop looking at and thinking about the past.
We need to make home a fortress now,” he said.


  1. Whatever you say comrade Mafu the results are eluding you. Yes you can make all those high sounding statements “… I am not a quitter… blah.. blah.. blah.” Your utterances do not endear you with the fans. It is becoming patently clear that you are destined to fail. Maybe it is not your fault; the Executive and the Board that selected you seem to be at sea in as far as driving Highlanders forward. They are to blame.To make matters worse they opted for the technical staff that failed dismally at BANTU ROVERS to back you up. Truly speaking this is a disaster. You and your technical team, the Board and the Executive are letting the fans down. In your case you failed to save Zim Saints and from there you went on to coach school boys in England. It is clear that you do not have a good track record in coaching teams at this level. How the Highlanders Executive and Board of Directors selected you among all the candidates who had shown interest in the post baffles one’s mind. Tsano had started a project that was beginning to bear fruits; he was dumped for Cde Mhapfu. You selected these players from among the more than 60 guys who had come for trials. They can not deliver. You do not have an eye for talent. Week in week out you chop the side that would have played. By now you should have the players who constitute your first eleven. What is going on here? It is not late to pack your bags and allow sanity to prevail in Highlanders. The Executive must swallow its pride and ask Madinda to take over for the remainder of the season. Dynamos did it when they relieved Mutasa midway through the season and Callisto took over and went on to win the Championship for a record four consecutive seasons. You seem to be engrossed on these school boys; recently you were talking of getting another child from Harare to come and play for Highlanders. You need to get a couple of seasoned strikers and forget about these kids. It is not time for experimenting. If quality strikers are not available locally cross the Zambezi and I am sure you will get them. The Executive must financially support you in this endeavour. There is nothing for free. Soccer is business, one has to invest if they want positive returns in any business undertaking. SESI KHUMBULA U KK. Look at Triangle! Oh blundering Ndumiso, Peter, Nkolomi.

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