AS rumours went into overdrive last night that Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu had quit the club after the 3-1 loss to ZPC Kariba, the Zambian insisted he had not quit.
But club chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede suggested this was the best for the Zambian national.
“He (Kaindu) should just do the honourable and resign. As an executive we cannot say anything for now until after tomorrow (tonight) evening’s meeting. But look, we were fighting for 21 points, but as things stand now, Dynamos are now on 46 points, ZPC Kariba on 44, Caps United won yesterday (Saturday) and they are now on 42 points and we remain on 39. We have gone down. It’s actually not going down. It’s a slide. Hwange is playing tomorrow (today) and if they win, they are on top of us. I think what the coach must do is do the honourable and just resign,” Gumede said after the match.
However, Kaindu, who was holed up in the dressing room with his assistants and the medical team for close to one and half hours said he would not comment on what the executive has said.
Even after the match, there was speculation that Kaindu had bade farewell to the players, but the Zambian mentor refuted the rumours.
“That is just a rumour,” Kaindu said at Hartsfield. “I will not comment on what the executive has said. But the players have done well. In football there is a win, a draw and a loss. What I can say is that I have worked well with everybody. I know people are disappointed, but I have done well at Highlanders.
People might have been angry and it goes beyond football. I am not going to answer anything about the executive,” Kaindu said as he emerged from the dressing room.
Our sister paper Southern Eye Sport called him up again, around 1900hrs, and he confirmed that it was just a rumour.
There have been rumours that Bantu Rovers associate coach Mandla Mpofu, Mkhuphali Masuku and former How Mine coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube have been earmarked for Kaindu’s job with sources saying a long time Bosso benefactor (name withheld) has offered to pay off the Zambian gaffer for the remainder of his contractual ties if the Highlanders firmly believe the gaffer has failed.
Kaindu could walk away with close to $60 000 if he is fired, but much less if he quits.
Six matches remain in the league and Bosso will fight hard even for a top four finish as they have three tough away assignments to title-chasing Caps United, Hwange and another away tie to bogey troublesome neighbours Chicken Inn.