Zimbabwe soccer giants Highlanders have elevated Mandla Mpofu to the position of senior team head coach on a one-year performance-based contract.
The move signals the end of the club’s flirtation with Briton Mark Harrison, who left at the start of the lockdown in March. At the time, the club indicated the former Golden Arrows and Chippa United mentor would return.
However, the club has since confirmed Mpofu, who served as the club’s assistant, will be in charge of the team during the 2021 Premiership football season set to kick off in March.
Highlanders chairman Kenneth Mhlophe confirmed the appointment. “We have appointed Mandla Mpofu to take over the role of head coach and he will be assisted by Bekithemba Ndlovu.
“Mandla’s (current) contract with Highlanders expires at the end of the year and we agreed as an executive to give him a performance-based one-year contract.
“The other coaches still have running contracts with the club,” said Mhlophe. He said the club has faith in Mpofu to excel in the role. “He has been part of the technical team for a long time and understands the philosophy of the club.”
Mhlophe added that the club was in constant communication with Harrison and had made him aware of the financial constraints the club is currently facing.
“We are not in a good financial standing to pay Harrison and he is well aware of our situation, but we have kept our doors open to working with him in future if the situation improves.
“Our benefactors, who paid Harrison’s salary, were also hit hard by effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and could not continue paying him,” he said.
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By FARPost Reporter