HIGHLANDERS coach Kelvin Kaindu fled Hartsfield Stadium on Sunday and took refuge in the team’s dressing rooms as thousands of Bosso fans threw missiles and demanded answers after the team’s embarrassing home loss to ZPC Kariba.
This was Bosso’s second loss in a row, after last week’s 1-0 humiliation by Harare City and the fifth overall for this season which saw them remain in fourth place with 39 points, seven behind bitter rivals and leaders Dynamos.
Anti-riot police were called in to displace the angry mob after the match as Kaindu remained holed up in the dressing rooms fearing for his safety, together with his assistants Mark Mathe, goalkeeper’s coach Peter Nkomo and team manager Willard Khumalo.
Pride Tafirenyika opened the scoring for ZPC after two minutes before Rahman Kutsanzira equalised in the 23rd minute.
But a quick fire brace from veteran striker Limited Chikafa early in the second half put paid to Bosso’s hopes of a comeback and that frustrated the fans even further.
Team chairman Peter Dube and team secretary Andrew Tapela also left the stadium in a huff and switched off their mobiles phones as the media frantically searched for them.
Kaindu, who is reported to be sitting on a $60,000 buyout for a two year contract that he signed at the start of the year and expiring on 30 December 2015, should he be fired, was said to be considering his position at the former champions. But should he resign, his package would be lower.
At the end of the match players from both sides huddled in the centre circle as missiles rained into the pitch and how Highlanders, as the hosts, would be left to pick up the $800 fine from the PSL.
Sources at Highlanders said on Sunday night: “The coach has to go, even if we have to increase our debts, he just has to go. We have heard enough.”
FIRED up ZPC Kariba tore Bulawayo giants Highlanders into smothers in a Castle Lager Premeirship tie at Hartsfield yesterday as they reduced the gap between leaders and champions Dynamos and them to just two points. Led by veteran striker Limited Chikafa, who scored a brace, the electricity men shot into the lead as early as the second minute through Pride .Tafirenyika after winger Rahman Kutsanzira lost possession on the edge of the box.
A number of fans were still making their way into the stadium when the debutants struck. Kutsanzira made amends in the 21st minute when he connected a Charles Sibanda corner to bring the home team level.
Chikafa’s two goals arrived in the 53rd minute and 60th minute and ensured the visitors went back home with maximum points while condemning Highlanders to their second defeat on the trot after last week’s 0-1 loss to Harare City. Former CAPS United hitman Chikafa’s second goal was a beauty after he reacted quicker than Erick Mudzingwa before unleashing a first time volley on the run that beat Ariel Sibanda who was off his line
The visitors showed very little respect for their opponents and played as if they were the home side while Bosso resorted to desperate measures of kick and run football.
“Our game plan was to shut out Highlanders’ wing backs and also to separate them from their supporters. We knew that if we get an early goal and play frustrating football, their supporters would turn against them and that’s exactly what happened,” said Chikafa. Chikafa gave Bosso’s left back Bruce Kangwa anxious moments throughout the match and Kaindu did not have an answer to his exploits on the wings.
Instead the Zambian pulled out Joel Ngodzo for Pasca Manhanga in the 63rd minute but still the move failed to yield any dividends as the visitors kept on pilling the pressure in search of a fourth goal. Ozias Zibande was the next to be introduced in the 74th minute for Simbarashe Sithole but by then the damage had been done.
“The guys absorbed the pressure very well,” said an elated Chaminuka who left for Botswana soon after the game yesterday to take charge of the Zimbabwe Under-23 international friendly match against Botswana tomorrow.
Highlanders: Ariel Sibanda, Rahman Kutsanzira, Charles Sibanda, Bruce Kangwa, Felix Chindungwe, Dumisani Ndlovu, Eric Mudzingwa, Joel Ngodzo (Pascal Manhanga 63rd minute), Webster Chingodzo, Simbarashe Sithole (Ozias Sithole74th minute),Njabulo Ncube (Welcome Ndiweni 83rd min)
ZPC Kariba: Tendai Hove, Dexter Phiri , Peter Muzondo, Denis Dauda, Ephraim Mwinga, Tawanda Munyandari, Elvis Meleka, Pride Tafirenyika, Terrence Gonzo (Noress Mkwezaramba 79th min), Tawanda Nyamaidwe, Limited Chikafa (Moses Makange 81st min)