Special Class: Bosso boys have tasted relegation

Sibhekisipho Fayayo
IF FOOTBALL was school, the current Highlanders FC squad would be in the special class a�� with slow learners and grade repeats, simply because many in the set-up have tasted relegation football at some point in their careers.
This discovery coupled by the team executivea��s nature of making questionable decisions, has seen most of the teama��s legion of fans pressing the panic buttons as the season nears its end.

Although expelled coach Bongani Mafu once coached Zimbabwe Saints a team that has been relegated, he had no hand in that teama��s misfortunes.

He coached Zimbabwe Saints in 1999 when they finished the season third with 54 points behind Dynamos (71points) and eventual title winners Highlanders (72 points).

But he is officially the worst coach to take charge of Highlanders in the past 18 years. He is the first Bosso coach in 18 years to lose an opening match of the season when the team fell to ZPC Kariba 2-0 in the 2015 seasona��s opener.

The last time Bosso lost an opening match was in 1997 when they were defeated 2-1 by the now defunct Amazulu.A� They went on to play 16 other opening matches winning 14 of those and drawing only two prior to the defeat at the hands of ZPC Kariba. When Mafu assembled the current squad, little attention was given to the kind of pedigree his players he had assembled.

Where these players came from did not matter, until now when Bosso is facing a probability of fighting relegation. Names that come to the fore are Valentine Ndaba, formerly with Central Region outfit Shabanie Mine, Webster Chingodza who turned out for Tripple B, Tendai Ngulube (Monomotapa) Nqobizitha Masuku and Teenage Hadebe (both Bantu Rovers), Douglas Sibanda (Shabanie) and Mthulisi Maphosa (Zim Saints).

If the entire Bosso fraternity had wanted to restore glory to the institution, some of these players should not have been called. In as much as some football pundits may deny using a playera��s past as a yardstick for performance, it goes without doubt that in football current statistics and achievement matter.

The talk of a Bosso going to relegation this season might as well come as a non-event to these players. History has indicates the current squad is the worst ever to don the black and white stripes!

Mafu went on to tear the record book into shreds recently when heA� oversaw Bossoa��s defeat at the hands of FC Platinum at Barbourfields Stadium and it was the Zvishavane sidea��s first win at Barbourfields stadium since they were promoted into the top league in 2011.

Bosso currently lie in an unfamiliar 10th position with 25 points and are seven points above relegation zone with only nine matches to go. In their last five matches Bosso have lost three matches winning only one and drawing one meaning that they have managed to pick up four points out of a possible of 25.

Bosso players and the relegated clubs that they played for:
Njabulo Nyoni (Zim Saints, 2006)
Webster Chingodza (Tripple B, 2012)
Teenage Hadebe (Bantu Rovers, 2014)
Douglas Sibanda (Shabanie Mine, 2014)
Tendai Ngulube (Njube Sundowns, 2009 and Monomotapa, 2013)
Obadiah Tarumbwa (Bantu Rovers, 2014)
Nqobizitha Masuku (Bantu Rovers 2014)
Mthulisi Maphosa (Zim Saints, 2002)
Simon Munawa (Zim Saints, 2011)
Cosmas a�?Tsanoa�? Zulu (Railstars, 2006 as coach)
Bruce Kangwa (Railstars 2006)
Melusi a�?Mabalekaa�? Sibanda (Bantu Rovers, 2014)
Mandla a�?Lulua�? Mpofu (Bantu Rovers, 2014)
Now that Cosmas a�?Tsanoa�� Zulu has taken over, will he prove all these facts wrong?
With nine games to go, the onus rests on the new gaffers to show how different their style is, in turning the fortunes at this football institution.