Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Kaindu staying put at Bosso

HIGHLANDERS Football Club coach Kelvin Kaindu will return to Zimbabwe on Sunday to start work the following day as the Bulawayo giants prepare for what promises to be another exciting season.

In an interview from his Lusaka home, Kaindu confirmed he was staying at the Bulawayo giants, adding there had never been a stage where his contract, signed during Themba Ndlela's reign as chairman, looked threatened.

"I am coming to Bulawayo on Sunday. Everything is okay and we will begin preparations for the season on Monday next week," said Kaindu, who enjoyed a good debut season as head coach at Bosso.

"I hope the boys will be ready after a long break. I am eager to meet the team and continue our work."

This was his first year as a head coach having been co-assistant coach for three years in Zambia with Zanaco legend, Numba Mumamba. He did his apprenticeship under former Kaizer Chiefs striker Wedson Nyirenda.

Kaindu said he was enjoying his break with his three daughters and wife Mildred and was also spending some time on the internet researching.

Kaindu, a former Highlanders winger, transformed the fortunes of a club that looked destined for relegation after finishing seventh in 2011, making it one of the most exciting teams in 2012.

Bosso finished tied on 69 points with eventual winners Dynamos but lost the title on an inferior goal difference.

It was the first time in a long time that a team went for 23 consecutive league games in a calendar year without losing. Research has proved Saints' claims of such a run false.

Kaindu refused to dignify media reports about his future being uncertain at the club as he was perceived to be close to losing candidates in last year's club elections

"I am a Highlanders Football Club employee and will not comment about that. In any case, I have not even read where those sentiments have been raised. What I can promise fans and the club is that on Monday I will be at work with the boys," said Kaindu

Highlanders chairman Peter Dube said it was never in doubt that Kaindu would return this season.

He described the Zambian gaffer as a very reliable, honest and professional coach who was focused and eager to see Highlanders succeed.

"He has been such a delight to work with, even when you leave him behind you don't worry about checking your back. Things will be done to the letter with attention paid to professionalism, when there are issues he is open and to the point, we would like to see him lift the club high," said Dube.