BULAWAYO – Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu has tried to lift pressure off his team by stating that Sunday’s blockbuster clash with bitter rivals Dynamos will not necessarily decide the destiny of the Castle Premiership title.
Bosso lead defending champions Dynamos by two points with five games to go in the season, and a win over the Harare giants at Barbourfields Stadium will put the hosts well on course for their first championship in seven years.
However, speaking in a wide ranging interview with the Daily News in Bulawayo on Monday, the Zambian coach insisted that whatever outcome of the epic clash, the race for the title will still be on.
“No, we are taking it just like any other game,” said Kaindu, who is in his second season as Highlanders coach.
“I think destiny is controlled by God and it cannot be controlled by one game. It’s just any other game for us, there is nothing different or special (about it) and I just would like to urge our fans to come in their numbers and create a great atmosphere for the game to flow.”
Highlanders thumped Black Rhinos 3-0 at the weekend to end the army side’s unbeaten run at their adopted home ground, Kadoma’s Rimuka Stadium.
Kaindu was naturally delighted by the win, courtesy of Masimba Mambare’s brace and a Njabulo Ncube strike.
“I think it was a good outing. It was not an easy game but for us to come out with maximum points was good and I am also happy with the fact that we managed to maintain our goal scoring form. And it is amazing that we were the first team to go to Rimuka and pick up maximum points.”
A devout Christian, Kaindu attributed his team’s purple patch to his faith in God.
“I think it’s just the time that God has elevated us and put us on the next level,” he said.
“There is a lot determination and hard work from everyone.”
Striker Njabulo Ncube and veteran midfielder Mthulisi Maphosa have been instrumental in Bosso’s title charge in the final half of the season, but Kaindu has refused to single out any player for special praise.
“It is difficult to single out individuals at the moment and I believe individuals will be awarded at the end of the season. For now it’s all about team work and I am happy that even those players whose form had gone down have lifted their performance,” he said.
In the early stages of the season, Highlanders fans questioned the quality of players at the club when the team was struggling, but the black-and-white army is now generally appreciative of the players’ performance and commitment.
“Well, the fans are always like that,” remarked Kaindu. “They do not have the patience, but as coaches, we see what depth we have. We see the quality that is at our disposal. Normally when the result are not coming people will always complain but I think what we have at Highlanders is the best.”