Kelvin Kaindu: Is he the answer?

The last time Highlanders won the PSL championship was way back in 2007 when Methembe Ndlovu’s team was unmatched, winning all of its first 10 matches and going for 15 without a loss.

Milton Ncube - reliable goal-getter for Bosso
Milton Ncube – reliable goal-getter for Bosso

Ndlovu’s 4-1-4-1 formation was employed usually in the first half, while the game in the second half saw him get the results and finally land the coveted trophy, albeit with no financial reward due lack of league sponsorship.

The former midfielder was as shrewd a tactician as they come. The team were later nicknamed “Bossolona”, after Spanish giants and world-beaters, Barcelona, a claim in no way far-fetched.

Their line-up was mouth-watering. The eccentric Tapuwa Kapini guided from between the goalposts, dependable Gilbert Banda stood firm at centre-back, while the hard-running Ricky Sibiya on his right and the no-nonsense Zephania Ngodzo on the left complimented him quite well. The gritty Mkhuphali Masuku aided the defence with distinction, the committed Honour Gombami dispatched with the outer foot from the middle of the park and crowd favourite Johannes Ngodzo’s cultured left foot kept the crowd spellbound.

Slightly ahead of them, the forward-thinking Vusa Nyoni curled the shots from the left wing in perfect fashion and the nippy Wellington Sibanda, twisting and turning the opposition’s defence at will, duplicated him with aplomb, while Ralph Matema and Obadiah Tarumbwa’s telepathic combination upfront kept banging the goals.

After years of yearning and disappointment, former hit man Kelvin Kaindu has taken over the reins and Bosso are back on a roll. His nine-match unbeaten run is close emulation of the “Class of ‘06”, but will it last?

Kaindu does not have as much talent as Ndlovu had, but in Aerial Sibanda, Mthulisi Maphosa, Innocent Mapuranga Milton and Graham Ncube, he has a team capable of competing. Whether it is capable of also landing the coveted crown remains to be seen. He has not disappointed so far, having already passed the away battle in the Midlands with a 2-0 win over Shabanie Mine, unbeaten at home before then and 3-1 thrashing of league moneybags FC Platinum. The latter have milked Bosso dry for players and beating them in their own backyard remains good news to the black and white half of the country. Kaindu is himself chasing personal glory. Should he land the league, he will be inducted into the “Bosso Hall of Fame” as one of former players to have successfully coached the club. In recent years, that list added Rahman Gumbo with two back-to-back championships and several trophies and Ndlovu. Among those who have tried and failed in the same period are Madinda Ndlovu, Willard Khumalo and Mkhuphali Masuku.

Already, fans are rallying behind the former Bosso striker, whom they believe has what it takes to awake the sleeping giant.

“Kaindu is the road we have been looking for. I think his ability to identify talent in the young boys makes him unique,” said Christine Kgwareli Nyathi. Busani Moyo concurred.

“We have been missing this kind of football for a couple of years and I believe he will take the team to greater heights. He needs the support of both the fans and the executive even when the chips are down. If we all come on board, it shall be well,” he said.

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