IN what seems to be an effort to appease club members, the Highlanders executive spruced up the club house ahead of their highly-anticipated annual general meeting (agm) this morning.
Not only has the tall grass that has become synonymous with the grounds at the Highlanders Clubhouse been cut, but Hlabangana Lounge which had become a white elephant was recently open to the public.
However, it will probably take more than just sprucing up the clubhouse to convince the Highlanders members who are disgruntled over a number of issues top of which is the player contracts.
Highlanders board chairman Mgcini Nkolomi said although they had a number of issues that they would want to discuss at the meeting he was not at liberty to reveal them.
“There are a number of issues that we would want to talk about. I cannot pre-empt what those issues are because then it would be pointless for us to have the meeting,” he said.
Bosso members have expressed their displeasure over player contracts that were not renewed on time. Players such as Masimba Mambare penned a three year deal with league champions Dynamos while Njabulo “Tshiki” Ncube, Bosso’s top goalscorer last season signed a one year contract with Zvishavane-based side FC Platinum.
Still to sign are Milton Ncube, Munyaradzi Diya and Peter “Rio” Moyo who are in South Africa for the Africa Nations Championships.
Bosso released assistant coach Bekithemba “Super” Ndlovu and goalkeeper’s coach Tembo Chuma introducing Mark Mathe and Peter Nkomo to take over from the two respectively.
Head coach Kelvin Kaindu could be under fire for finishing the season for the second time on position two on goal difference.
The Zambian gaffer missed some crucial matches at the penultimate stage of the league.
Bosso’s poor performance at their home ground Barbourfields Stadium could be a cause for concern among members.
This in some instances has led hooligans to throw missiles onto the pitch and vandalise the stadium, costing the club over $20 000 in fines. Also likely to be on the agenda are the Bosso finances which in the past have taken centre stage.
Some members blame the lack of finances for Bosso’s failure to keep some of their senior players although they managed to bring on board former Chicken Inn goalie Njabulo Nyoni, Valentine Ndaba (Shabanie Mine), Khumbulani Banda (How Mine), Welcome Ndiweni and Joel Ngodzo both from FC Platinum.
Highlanders won the coveted Mbada Diamonds Cup making them $130 000 richer and were runners up in the Castle Lager Premier League pocketing $50 000.