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Mafu starts work at Highlanders, Dynamos strengthen Regime change … Highlanders CEO Dumiso Gumede with new coach Bongani Mafu

HIGHLANDERS, under new coach Bongani Mafu, will begin their preparations for the 2015 Castle Premiership season on Tuesday.
On Monday, Mafu will unveil his assistant coach, likely to be Bantu Rovers’ Mandla Mpofu, goalkeepers coach Peter Nkomo and new team manager Netsai Moyo.
Mpofu takes over from Mark Mathe, who was the interim coach for the second half of last season when Kelvin Kaindu quit while Nkomo has been retained from the old set-up. Moyo beat ZPC Kariba manager Patson Ndabambi to the manager’s post.
Said Mafu: “We will have a look at some of the players tomorrow (Monday) that have been on trials then we will start full training on Tuesday. We want to have a look at everybody before we decide on the final team for the season.
“We need a right back, left back, a younger goalkeeper and two strikers. We are encouraging everybody to be there, everyone will be given a chance.”
Out of contract players at Bosso like Charles Sibanda, Njabulo Ncube, Hillary Madzivanyika, Joel Ngodzo, Mthulisi Maphosa and Simon Munawa could be given a new lease of life, but Mafu’s renewed focus on juniors could also spell their end.
Trials at Highlanders were being conducted by technical director Cosmas Tsano Zulu, who will now hand over the recruits to the new team.
Mafu is hoping to get his first competitive match by the end of the month in the CG Msipa Charity Shield which will be contested by the defending champions, FC Platinum, Central Region Division One side Shabanie Mine and Chapungu.
Platinum, who start their preparations on Thursday, will be using the competition to prepare for the 2015 Caf Confederation Cup where they face Sofapaka of Kenya in the preliminary round, first leg on February 13.
Highlanders, on the other hand, will also have one eye on the elections on February 1. Incumbent chairman Peter Dube is likely to be retained with committee member Charles Moyo while the new secretary-general could be Emmett Ndlovu, replacing the ineligible Andrew Tapela.
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