HIGHLANDERS and How Mine have both started their 2016 pre-season Castle Lager Premiership preparations without substantive coaches.
Bosso’s new coach Errol Akbay from the Netherlands does not have a work permit as yet after he sent uncertified copies of his documents to the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Department of Immigration.
He also did not provide a police clearance from his country.
Highlanders chief executive Ndumiso Gumede said they would only be able to set a specific date for the new coach’s arrival when the permit has been processed.
“The process might take a little bit longer than expected because the documentation was not in order, but you know that Highlanders is a big institution with systems in place and so pre-season training will continue while we wait for the coach,” said Gumede.
The pre-season camp is under the guidance of technical director Cosmas Zulu after interim head coach Amin Soma Phiri stayed away in the last two days.
Soma-Phiri had been asked to take charge of the team until Akbay’s arrival despite the expiry of his mandate in December.
The former Highlanders midfielder took charge of the last 12 games of 2015 after then coach Bongani Mafu was fired and was expected to get the job on a permanent basis, but Bosso, through their long time benefactor Tshinga Dube, had already set themselves a target of getting a foreign coach.
Soma-Phiri led Bosso to a sixth place finish and won the Easycall Cup after beating Chicken Inn 1-0 in the final.
Kaindu returning to Byo?
At How Mine, a change in management has seen Rahman Gumbo’s intended move there put on hold after chairman Alpha Mutumbura was transferred from Bulawayo.
New chairman Mac Andrew wants former Bosso coach Kelvin Kaindu, who is now at Triangle but has a contract that expires on December 31, 2016.
How Mine might have to buy out Kaindu’s deal at Triangle, but the Lowveld club insists the coach will begin pre-season training on Monday.
Kaindu watched How Mine’s training session in Bulawayo on Wednesday and seems destined for the goldminers.
The Bulawayo side started their preparations on Tuesday with Jeremiah Makota and Sheunesu Chaka in charge-the two men who battled to save the team from relegation last season after Luke Masomere was fired.Advertisement
Tsholotsho are having no such headaches and on Tuesday began their programme under Lizwe Sweswe while newly promoted Bulawayo City have Philani ‘Beefy’ Ncube in charge.
The fifth Bulawayo side in the PSL and league champions Chicken Inn started last week ahead of their 2016 Caf Champions League debut against Mamelodi Sundowns on February 13 at Luveve Stadium.
Coach Joey Antipas wants a friendly ahead of the first leg and on Monday travelled to South Africa to watch Sundowns play Zambia in a preparatory match ahead of Chipolopolo’s Chan opener against Zimbabwe on Tuesday in Rwanda.