HIGHLANDERS’ search for head coach continues since the departure of Zambian Kelvin Kaindu in October following a 1-3 loss to ZPC Kariba at Hartsfield Rugby Ground while the fate of other members of Bosso’s technical department is yet to be decided.
The Bulawayo giants on Sunday advertised for the post of technical manager in the media amid rife speculation that Bosso will be appointing yet another foreign coach for the 2015 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.
Kaindu’s assistant Mark Mathe took over as the interim coach after the Zambian national “quit” Bosso.
However, Mathe and goalkeeper’s coach Peter Nkomo’s contracts expire on December 31.
After Kaindu’s departure, Bosso appointed Cosmas “Tsano” Zulu to assist the technical team up to end of the season.
Zulu was seen as the solution to the challenges the club was facing, especially in relation to players’ disciplinary issues.
According to the advertisement, Highlanders are looking for a technical manager, who is “. . . a holder of a Caf A licence or better, should have coached at premier league level and be able to direct football development structures.”
A number of coaches have been touted to be front-runners for the Bosso hot seat locally and abroad.
Speculation has been rife that former South African PSL side AmaZulu coach Craig Roslee is on his way to the Bulawayo giants while a Brazilian coach Edson Silva Dido is said to have handed in his CV.
Another name that has popped up is that of Scot Desmond Donaldson Bulpin and former Hwange and FC Platinum coach Tennant Chilumba, who is back in Zambia with Power Dynamos. Bulpin (63), holder of a Uefa A licence, was reportedly coming to Bulawayo last week.
Sources said the foreign coach to be appointed by the Bulawayo giants would be assisted by former Zimbabwe Saints coach Bongani Mafu, who was based in the United Kingdom and is back in the country.
Mafu was part of the Cosafa team conducting analysis of the just-ended African Union Sports Council Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games.
Highlanders chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede yesterday said he was involved in marathon meetings, but told our sister paper The Standard at the weekend that he had received 12 CVs.
“All I can say is the 12 who have applied so far are big names and their CVs show depth,” Gumede told The Standard Sport.
“Our human resources sub-committee has already whittled down those they think should be interviewed. We will start interviews in a week’s time. Recommendations would then be made to the club executive.”
Foreign coaches who have coached Bosso before include Booby Clark, the late Eddie May and Zambian Dick Chama, Egyptian Mohamed Fathi and Kaindu.
Local coaches who have been tipped to join Highlanders are Philani “Beefy” Ncube and Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu while former sons Madinda Ndlovu and Rahman Gumbo, have also not been left out.