Mafu mum on DeMbare match

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Bongani Mafu
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HIGHLANDERS gaffer Bongani Mafu has chosen not to speak on his upcoming match against Dynamos with just about a week to go to one of the biggest games in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

BY THANDIWE MOYO

The match against Dynamos will put Mafu in the spotlight as Highlanders try to break the nine-year jinx that has seen the defending champions dominate the Bulawayo side.

With things not going well at Highlanders, the Dynamos match could put pressure on the Bosso coach as Mafu seeks to find favour in the supporters.

“I would rather not talk about that match,” said Mafu yesterday.
“I don’t want to discuss it now. I want to play the match first,” he continued, adding that he would not want to put pressure on anyone.

Highlanders are placed eighth on the standings with 19 points while Dynamos are third with 23 points.
Before going for the two-week break, both teams had drawn, Highlanders against how Mine 1-1 and Dynamos against ZPC Kariba with the same scoreline.

Although pressure would seem be more on Mafu, Dynamos coach David Mandigora has also been feeling the heat from supporters who want their team to always be on top.

Chicken Inn are at the apex with 29 points.
Dynamos have drawn their last three matches and last registered a win on May 17 at Barbourfields Stadium against How Mine.

Meanwhile, Highlanders chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede says the PSL had responded to their complaint concerning reigning Referee of the Year Brighton Chimene over what they termed poor officiating in their match against FC Platinum.

“We got a response from the PSL who advised us not to direct our complaints to the Zimbabwe Referees Committee,” he said.

He said although there had never been a situation where a referee’s decision was reversed if found guilty of misconduct, the referee could be sanctioned.