HIGHLANDERS coach Kevin Kaindu is an erudite man who chooses his words carefully – so careful he often repeats himself.
The Zambian coach has coined a phrase he deploys to great effect at press conferences.
“It shall be well,” is Kaindu’s answer to many questions journalists throw at him as his team appears to serenely march on to their first league title in almost six years.
Highlanders’ 1-0 victory over CAPS United on Sunday maintained their unbeaten start to the 2012 season and firmly established the Bulawayo club as firm favourites for the Premier League title.
Bosso’s 13-match unbeaten streak – nine wins and four draws – breaks their previous record set in the title winning season of 2006 when they did not taste defeat for 12 matches, although in that campaign they had already amassed 34 points compared to the present team’s 31.
After Sunday’s win secured by Masimba Mambare’s 10th minute strike in front of 13,600 fans, Kaindu has faced questions over whether his team can maintain the momentum – or dare it be said finish the season unbeaten.
“This is football,” Kaindu said, “there are no walkovers. You cannot just cruise and beat every team. It’s football and there are opponents who are determined to beat us because we are in the same league. You lose some, you win some and you draw some.”
Highlanders face troubled neighbours Quelaton on Sunday. Quelaton, who bring the rear in the league with four points from 14 matches, sacked their coach Tavaka Gumbo this week and named Philani Ncube as his replacement.
But Kaindu says he will prepare his team in the same way he did before they faced CAPS United.
“What I will say about CAPS United is that they go out to compete. They came out and they were playing an attacking game unlike most of the teams which have come here and parked the bus,” he said.
“I don’t expect Quelaton to come here and open themselves up like CAPS United, but we will respect them while staying loyal to our attacking philosophy. Derbies are always tricky, and we expect a tough match.”
Kaindu is boosted by the recovery of defender Lawson Nkomo who played his first match this season on Sunday, lasting the 90 minutes. Also returning from injury was midfielder Bhekimpilo Ncube who lasted 70 minutes.
Kaindu said: “Lawson picked up a yellow on Sunday and there was a real risk of him getting a second but we kept him on. I decided taking him out could have a demoralising effect with him having been out for so long, so it was important to show that confidence in his ability.
“Bheki was involved in our goal. They both showed in training that they wanted to play and that’s why they were able to get into the team. Their return can only be positive for the team going forward.”
Is he confident Highlanders can maintain their form and stay ahead of their rivals?
“Indeed it shall be well,” he replied.