Highlanders appoint Egyptian coach Mahamad Fadiga as head coach

madinda_2TURBULENT Bulawayo champions Highalnders have appointed Egyptian coach Mahamad Fadiga to take over the managerial reigns at the former Zimbabwe champions. (Pictured: Former Highlander coach, Madinda Ndlovu).

Bosso chairman Themba Ndlela confirmed last night the appointement of Fadiga. “I can confirm that we have hired Egyptian coach Mahamad Fadiga as our new coach to replace Ndlovu. He has a lot of experience and we hope he will steer the team great heights. The team has not been doing well and it is our belief that the new coach will fuse confidence in the team,” said Ndlela. Highlanders fired Ndlovu last week over alleged contractual dispute.

Sources however, indicated that the decision to sack Ndlovu was arrived at following a spate of dreadful results by the team. Highlanders are struggling with their form this season and are one of the teams staring relegation in the face. The Bulawayo giants, who crashed out of the BancABC Sup8r Cup on the semi-final stage have to roll up their sleeves if they entertain any hopes of surviving relegation.

It, therefore remains to be seen whether Fadiga will be able to turn around the team’s fortunes and finish the season in a respectable position. Bosso have managed just 32 points from 22 matches after eight wins, eight draws and six losses, and their fans have not been impressed by the team’s performance this season. Although they are playing a refreshing brand of football and impressed many neutrals when they played CAPS United in a league match at Rufaro three weeks ago, the fact that Bosso have not challenged for honours has not gone down well with those who believe in the team.

Their supporters believe Highlanders are a giant who should always be challenging for honours and have refused to buy the explanation that the club is rebuilding once again this year. The supporters questioned the wisdom of investing in an oldplayer like Chipo Tsodzo, who was recruited this season, if Bosso were placing emphasis on building for the future. Highlanders have been the most successful team in the domestic Premiership since the turn of the millennium, winning four league titles on the trot and setting high standards for the rest of the top-flight league.

But, after winning their fifth league title, since 1999, under Methembe Ndlovu three years ago, Bosso have struggled to maintain those high standards.

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