Tough times for Mafu in Botswana

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

FOR­MER High­landers head coach Bon­gani Mafu seems to be find­ing the go­ing tough in the Botswana Premier League as he is yet to reg­is­ter a win at his new club Mochudi Cen­tre Chiefs, four games into the sea­son. Mafu, who was fired from High­landers after a string of poor re­sults last sea­son be­fore join­ing Tsholot­sho as as­sis­tant coach to Lizwe Sweswe, has led the 2014/15 league cham­pi­ons to three draws and one de­feat in four matches and they trail log lead­ers Township Rollers by five points. At High­landers, Mafu man­aged two wins, a draw and an open­ing round de­feat in his first four matches in charge. Mochudi Cen­tre Chiefs, once a feared side that won back-to-back league ti­tles un­der the leg­endary Madinda Ndlovu, are now among the early sea­son rel­e­ga­tion can­di­dates un­less the highly qual­i­fied Mafu sum­mons all his tac­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal willpower. He will prob­a­bly say it’s early days, but the Batswana are well known for their im­pa­tience. Mochudi Cen­tre Chiefs, who were run­ners-up last sea­son, man­aged a 0-0 draw against 10-man Se­cu­rity Sys­tems in their pre­vi­ous league match. Se­cu­rity Sys­tems were play­ing their se­cond match within 48 hours in vi­o­la­tion of stand­ing Fifa statutes.

Mochudi Cen­tre Chiefs are likely to boost their squad in the Jan­uary trans­fers win­dow, with Mafu telling the Botswana press re­cently that his young strike force needs an ex­pe­ri­enced striker to lead them. Want­away Hwange striker Newman Sian­chali could head for the Ze­bra striped for­mer Botswana cham­pi­ons — @skhu­moyo2000.

Zhang Dazhong

Bon­gani Mafu

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