Highlanders have invited former players to assist the club’s technical department headed by Mkhuphali Masuku in a bid to improve fortunes.
Club chairman Themba Ndlela yesterday cleared the air on the presence of former stars Willard Mashinkila-Khumalo and Amin Soma-Phiri during the team’s training sessions.
Ndlela said Mashinkila-Khumalo and Soma-Phiri had no specific roles.
The two have been seen at Bosso’s training sessions taking notes. Many believed the duo could be roped into the Highlanders’ technical department.
“They are just helping. They have no specific roles that they are playing. Actually they are not the only ones that have been invited. We have invited several former players, but the two are the only ones who have accepted the call. As a club we have an engagement with our former players,” Ndlela said.
There has been a shake-up in the Bosso technical team with assistant coach Mark Mathe relegated to the juniors while Dumaza Dube has of late been head coach Masuku’s right-hand man.
Dube sat on the bench when Bosso were held to a 1-1 draw by Shooting Stars at Barbourfields Stadium a fortnight ago and when they lost 3-1 to Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
Mathe was sidelined following revelations he had fallen out with Masuku after Bosso lost the BancABC Sup8r Cup by a 1-0 scoreline to Motor Action on September 10.
However, Ndlela has defended the reshuffle, saying it was part of the club’s programme to introduce juniors into the senior team and the coaches would be inter-changing roles.
Highlanders have slumped to position six on the log table with 39 points, 10 behind log leaders FC Platinum with four matches remaining to end of season.
Their next assignment is against a fast-improving Gunners outfit at Barbourfields Stadium next week. Gunners now lead Highlanders by two points and are fighting for a top-four finish to the 2011 Premiership.
Bosso play their last three matches against relegation-fighting Masvingo United (away), Monomotapa at home and travel to Zvishavane for a date with Shabanie Mine at Maglas Stadium.