By Muziwethu Hadebe
@ The Bosso AGM
HIGHLANDERS FOOTBALL CLUB new coach Mark Harrison started his job on a ‘Savings’ tip as he avoided a possible bill of $ 877 000 RTGS.
This was disclosed by Highlanders chairman Kenneth Mhlophe at the Bosso AGM last Sunday.
“We need the help of everyone for the team to move forward as the expenses are getting higher, as we speak we were meant to raise $ 877 000 RTGS for the team’s pre-season training camp but we were fortunate enough as the coach indicated that he needed the players here in Bulawayo, he said he will only need two days out of Bulawayo for his team building session”, said Mhlophe.
It will seem the Executive had anticipated a pre-season training camp from the Britton as was the case last season with Madinda Ndlovu, the then head coach who left the club half way through the season for Botswana.
With a local training programme it means Harrison saved Bosso from forking out an equivalent of USD 35 000 on the alternative market.
Last year’s Bosso pre-season training camp in Matopo was marred by an industrial action by the senior team players, which only stopped towards the start of the season.
Mhlophe also touched on the expensive FIFA approved balls that the team needs which he said cost USD 150 each with the new coach pointing out that he needed 100 of those.
Chief Executive Officer Nhlanhla Dube, then explained why the coach needs 100 balls.
“The 60 balls are for training and the 40 are for match days, roughly on match days a ball can be used once or twice and say three times depending on the coach, I remember when the late Eddie May was the coach we would use a ball once for match days”, Dube explained.
It was at this juncture that individual members pledged 12 balls by the end of the meeting.
In as much as they pledged the 12 balls, there was no member who queried why Bosso has over the years failed or what has it done to attract a technical partner that will supply such balls, other training equipment as well as proper playing kits leading to supplying replicas for the fans.
Instead the members were advised by the chairman that Bosso is in the process of raising USD 20 000 to ship such replica jerseys from China.
Such merchandise through a reputable technical partner can go a long way in addressing the financial struggles of Highlanders. The PSL and ZIFA should also be seen to be sourcing for such technical partners when it comes to match day balls.