“Our boys are technically and tactfully prepared, but we lacked mental discipline when it mattered most. The boys played with their hearts instead of their heads."


HIGHLANDERS newly-appointed coach Bongani Mafu could give a second chance to a host of players that were reportedly shown the door last month, as he builds the team for the 2015 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.


A highly-placed source yesterday told Southern Eye Sport that Mafu, unveiled last Tuesday, had requested the Bosso executive for the players when he starts pre-season preparations next month.

“Mafu has been paying courtesy calls on players who were reportedly offloaded and it is likely that he will give a chance to some of them if he gets his way with the executive,” the source said.

One of the players likely to be donning the black and white jersey again is veteran midfielder Mthulisi Maphosa.

Mthulisi-Maphosa is likely to go back to the team

Some of the players Bosso are reportedly not renewing contracts for are Njabulo “Tshiki” Ncube, Hillary Madzivanyika, Simon Munawa, Joel Ngodzo, Simba Sithole, Dumisani Ndlovu and goalkeeper Njabulo Nyoni.

Chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede has said Bosso will not be offloading any players until the technical team is intact.

Highlanders are expected to announce Mafu’s assistants next week with former Chicken Inn and Bantu Rovers associate coach Mandla Mpofu the leading candidate together with former Bosso skipper Dazzy Kapenya.

Mafu yesterday confirmed that he had been talking to some players and was willing to help in rehabilitating players who had fallen out with the club because of disciplinary issues.

“I have asked the executive to be given the opportunity to talk to some players who were part of the team in the 2014 season. I don’t think the executive gave any players letters to say they should go,” Mafu said.

“They might have had an idea of who they wanted to offload, but I guess they had to wait for the incoming coach. I have the prerogative of making my choice on players and I have been given the list of players and it’s up to me to see those beyond redemption.

“I have made calls on players who are available and got to know where they stay and would like to help where I could. I want to work with players who want to work and not those who want to party,” he said.

Mafu would not reveal his assistants who he has reportedly identified saying that is the duty of the executive.

Last week, Gumede denied that Highlanders had shown any of their players the door.

“I am not sure about that. We leave that task to the technical team. We cannot offload players as the management, because we don’t know who is in the coach’s plans and who is not. Plans hinge on the technical team, not the management. I can only confirm that there some senior players we have tried to engage on new contracts, but they have not been co-operating,” Gumede said.

striker Njabulo “Tshiki” Ncube
striker Njabulo “Tshiki” Ncube

When he was unveiled last Tuesday Mafu said: “I bel ieve we have good players. What we have to change are ideologies, behaviours and approaches to get out the best possible (performance).”

News from South Africa is that speedy left linkman Kuda Mahachi could be on his way back to Highlanders on loan from Absa PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Some senior players who would probably be the backbone of Bosso in 2015 are Felix Chindungwe, Erick Mudzingwa, Bruce Kangwa, Welcome Ndiweni, Rahman Kutsanzira, Innocent Mapuranga and goalkeepers Ariel Sibanda and Munyaradzi Diya.

The youthful pair of King Nadolo and Godfrey Makaruse impressed at the end of the season and defender Webster Chingodza will be returning from injury.

Other young players at Bosso are Honest Moyo, Grassiano Chakafana, Mgcini Sibanda, Bothwell Nyathi, Pascal Manhanga and Tapiwa


  1. Just look at the names of players that coach Mafu is eyeing as likely candidates who will be expected to lead Bosso to glory in the 2015 Soccer Season. Its shocking! Three quarters of them are not from the junior teams, the greatest possibility being that they do not understand or appreciate the long established Bosso culture. This precisely is the reason why there were problems with the team’s performance during the just ended 2014 season. The problems concerned revolved around issues to do with language, cultural and social differences among the players that led to a highly polarised situation being created which certain unscrupulous individuals used to their advantage so as to gain leverage in their quest for lucrative positions in the club. If Mafu really wishes to be on the right side of those who matter in the Bosso Universe (the fans) he will need to forget about re-engaging the undisciplined old horses who caused so much strife in 2014 and look to the Bosso Juniors for his new team. While he is doing this, Mafu needs to ensure that his new side will be composed of players who are truly dedicated to the well-being of Bosso and all that this incredible institution stands for; and please … lets not have rejects that had been off-loaded for a song from other teams. Finally, Bosso needs to abandon this cheque book policy that the club has become so fond of in the last decade and look closer to home where there is abundant talent necessary for returning Bulawayo’s premier team to winning ways.

  2. we have a team surrounded by good juniors yet they want to buy old horses, in the end they are taken to labour court by these same players. please EXECUTIVE wake up. the technical team might want these players but your foresight is required lapha. hey Dube vukani emaqandeni bo

  3. Hey this is morden football these much talked about juniors needs to be blended with old horses elingawafuniyo. We need to buy good players we can’t think of the junior policy with limited resources. With the Zim league having uncertain future. Football is dynamic we don’t have to live in the past Mature is right. The idealogy employed needs to be changed

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