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Troubled Highlanders court Railstars coach Mpofu


Beleaguered Highlanders Football club last week met with Zifa Buscod Southern Region Division One side Railstars coach Mandla Mpofu with a view to enlisting him as assistant coach to Mkhuphali “Mr Cooper”.

Masuku is likely to be appointed substantive coach on Monday.

Mpofu has been touted to be Mr Cooper’s assistant since the resignation of expatriate Mohamed Fathi in September last year.

The Railstars’ coach on Sunday confirmed to NewsDay Sport that he met with Highlanders secretary- general Andrew Tapela last Thursday and they had some discussions but the financially besieged Bulawayo soccer giants were yet to get back to him.

Mpofu, who is also the Under-20 Warriors assistant coach was a serious contender in the Division One league and took the railwaymen to position three in the log standings behind Quelaton and the champions Chicken Inn, who have since been promoted into the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

“I met with Tapela on Thursday last week but they are yet to come back to me,” Mpofu said.

Tapela’s mobile phone kept on ringing but was not being answered when efforts were made to confirm his meeting with Mpofu.

Highlanders have not had a consistent coach since they fired Methembe “Mayor” Ndlovu in July 2008 and they went on to end the season in an embarrassing eighth spot on the log standings.

Mayor won the championship with Bosso in 2006 and in 2007 he came second before he was given the boot mid-2008.

He had taken over from Madinda Ndlovu. Rueben Tsengwa, who was the assistant coach to Mayor, was the caretaker coach to the end of the 2008 season.

Bosso then enlisted the services of former son Madinda, who also left the Bulawayo soccer giants at the end of the 2009 season when Highlanders finished in fourth position.

Madinda was assisted by Philani Mabhena who is now assistant coach to newly promoted Chicken Inn’s Philani “Beefy” Ncube.

After Madinda left Bosso in 2009, Highlanders engaged Egyptian Fathi who also fell out with the club in September last year over poor results.

Madinda was assisted by Mabhena, who remained as caretaker coach until he was joined by Fathi before the end of the season.

Mr Cooper, then took over and managed to end the season on position three after nine consecutive wins and one draw to earn a chance to participate in the Confederation of African Football Orange Confederations Cup.

However, Highlanders will not be taking part in the competition due to lack of resources.

Bosso are expected to announce their new coach on Monday.

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