HARARE - Out of favour Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu is under “enormous pressure” ahead of Bosso’s clash against Dynamos on Sunday with the outspoken coach even refused to speak to the media on the big game.
Mafu — who was appointed Bosso coach at the beginning of the year — is under growing pressure from dissatisfied fans following an inconsistent run of results.
On his arrival, Mafu remarked that he is aware of the challenges at the Bulawayo giants and would work tirelessly to bring back their glory days but so far it appears the opposite is true.
Mafu’s contract states that he will be assessed at the end of the season but Highlanders fans have a way of forcing the executive’s hand at the club.
The Bosso fans have had enough already of Mafu and are clamouring for his ouster.
Mafu has already failed to garner 18 points in the first 10 matches, which was one of the targets set for him by the club and a defeat on Sunday will only but compound his problems.
Although the former Zimbabwe Saints coach, who replaced Kelvin Kaindu, has continually declared he is a fighter, not a quitter; the pressure seems to be getting to him.
Contacted by the Daily News ahead of the big match Mafu said: “I don’t want to talk about the match. I have nothing to say.”
Mafu’s frustrations are understandable as the match against the Glamour Boys on Sunday is likely to put him in the spotlight with the Bulawayo giants seek to end a nine-year jinx of failing to beat the reigning champions.
Dynamos have bullied their opponents in recent years and the Bosso camp should be going through a lot of emotions, knowing they need to find ways to end this poor run against the Harare giants.
Having struggled for consistency, the tie against DeMbare could determine the future of Mafu who is desperate for favour from the team’s fans.
After 13 matches Highlanders are sitting on eighth place on the Castle Lager Premiership log with 19 points, 10 behind log leaders Chicken Inn.
The rivalry between Dynamos and Highlanders has always been tense and weekend’s match will be no exception.
The Glamour Boys will be hoping to return back to winning ways having drawn in their previous three Premiership matches.
Saturday: FC Platinum v Buffaloes (Mandava Stadium), Chicken Inn v Dongo Sawmill (Luveve Stadium), Harare City v Caps United (Rufaro Stadium, SS),
Sunday: Dynamos v Highlanders (Rufaro Stadium, SS), Whawha v Chapungu (Ascot Stadium), How Mine v Hwange (Luveve Stadium), Triangle United v ZPC Kariba (Gibbo Stadium), Tsholotsho v Flame lily (White City Stadium)