Troubled Highlanders Football Club have offered Buscod Zifa Southern Region Division One Soccer League side Railstars’ coach, Mandla Mpofu a job to assist their yet-to-be named substantive head coach in the 2011 Premiership season.
An impeccable source yesterday told NewsDay Sport that Mpofu was on Friday given his offer letter through his manager Sanangurayi Mushove which he was still to scrutinise.
“Mandla was given his offer letter on Friday. His manager met with the Highlanders executive on Friday and he was given the offer letter,” the source said.
Mpofu confirmed that his manager had received the offer letter but he had not seen it.
He said his manager collected the offer letter en route to Harare and he was going to meet him yesterday to discuss the offer.
“I have not seen the offer letter because my manager collected it on his way to Harare but he is back and I am going to meet him later (today) to discuss the offer and decide on our next move,” Mpofu said.
Mushove was not at liberty to discuss the issue and only had this to say: “The talks between Highlanders and Mpofu are still underway.”
Efforts to get a comment from Highlanders secretary Andrew Tapela were fruitless as his mobile phone went unanswered.
Mpofu has already started his preparations for the 2011 Division One season as he was in charge of trials that were held last week at Raylton Sports Club.
If Mpofu accedes to the offer by the Bulawayo soccer giants, he is likely to assist Mkhuphali “Mr Cooper” Masuku, who is heavily tipped to be appointed head coach.
Masuku was at the helm at Highlanders in an acting capacity after the resignation of expatriate Mohamed Fathi who fell out with Bosso over poor results, unpaid salaries, allowances, winning bonuses and gratuities.
Mr Cooper took over from Fathi in September last year and went on to win the hearts of many a Highlanders fan after winning nine games and drawing one in his short tenure in charge.
Highlanders ended the season perched on position three on the log-standings and won a ticket to participate in the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Orange Confederations Cup but that was not to be as the club is cash-strapped.
NewsDay Sport is also reliably informed that Highlanders are looking for a new manager and a goalkeepers’ coach after incumbents Douglas Mloyi and goalkeepers’ coach Peter “Oxo” Nkomo’s contracts expired in December. Former striker and Bulawayo City Council housing officer Jerry Sibanda is tipped for the manager’s job.
Another source said after Highlanders have put their house in order regarding the technical staff, they would call a press conference to announce the new appointments.