Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ray­mond Jar­avaza

THE High­landers tech­ni­cal de­part­ment is wor­ried about the se­cu­rity of their jobs in the face of a six­match win­less run that has seen the Bulawayo gi­ants drop­ping off the ti­tle radar.

Bosso last tasted vic­tory against Caps United in a match that closed the first half of the sea­son on July 17.

Bosso are still third on the league ta­ble, but that is lit­tle se­cu­rity to guar­an­tee the jobs of head coach Erol Ak­bay, as­sis­tant Amini Soma-Phiri and tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Cos­mas Zulu.

“We are wor­ried about our jobs. There is no foot­ball club that will keep a tech­ni­cal de­part­ment which con­tin­ues to lose games. As coaches, we are wor­ried that our jobs might be on the line, that is the naked truth,” said Zulu, who also dou­bles up as goal­keep­ers’ coach, at the club’s weekly Press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

The poor run of form has forced Zulu and Ak­bay to in­ten­sify the team’s train­ing sched­ule by in­clud­ing a Satur­day train­ing ses­sion.

In the past, the team trained from Tues­day to Fri­day then camped on Satur­day af­ter­noon in prepa­ra­tion for a Sun­day match.

“We will start in­clud­ing Satur­day morn­ing in our train­ing sched­ule to max­imise on the time we spend with the play­ers. The play­ers will be re­quired to re­port for camp on Satur­day morn­ing for a full train­ing day fol­lowed by an overnight camp,” said Zulu.

Head coach Ak­bay be­lieves a top four tar­get that was set by the Bosso ex­ec­u­tive when he took over the coach­ing role at the be­gin­ning of the year is still within reach.

“When we were win­ning, the tar­get was to go all the way and fight for the top spot, but with the way we have been play­ing, fin­ish­ing in the top four has be­come our top pri­or­ity. I’m no longer wor­ried about play­ing good foot­ball, all I want is to start win­ning; it’s about get­ting the re­sults now,” said Ak­bay.

Vet­eran striker Ralph Matema has been ruled out of this Sun­day’s league clash with How Mine af­ter pick­ing up a knock in train­ing. He showed up at Wed­nes­day’s train­ing ses­sion with a swollen knee.

Bosso face How Mine at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium hop­ing to bounce back from a 0-1 de­feat to ZPC Kariba last Satur­day.

High­landers are on 32 points, just a point ahead of peren­nial ri­vals Dy­namos.

The ti­tle race seems out of reach for the Bulawayo gi­ants who have been strug­gling up­front since los­ing Bruce Kangwa to Tan­za­nian su­per rich club Azam and Knox Mu­tizwa to South African Absa Pre­mier­ship side Bid­vest Wits.

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