Bosso, Brito part ways
Nkosilathi Sibanda and Innocent Kurira
PREMIERSHIP giants Highlanders FC and coach Baltemar Brito have officially parted ways after a disappointing end to what started off as a promising campaign.
Bosso recorded their worst ever season in the history of the Premiership with regards to goals scored while they finished fifth on 55 points, 11 behind champions Ngezi Platinum despite being seven points ahead of them after 19 weeks. Highlanders had the fourth-worst record in the second half of the 2023 Castle Lager Premiership, a statistic that all but ended Brito’s marriage with the former champions.
He will now be available for Warriors duty full-time, barring another club assignment.
As previously reported by Zimpapers Sports Hub last week, Brito’s contract will not be renewed at Bosso.
In a statement yesterday, the club announced on its social media pages: “The club would like to inform its members of the departure of coach Brito and assistant Antonio Torres.”
Highlanders said there was a mutual understanding between the club and the coaches.
“Coach Brito and Torres’ contracts end on 31 December 2023, the club and the two coaches have mutually agreed not to extend their stay with the club beyond the stated period.
“The club thanks Mr Brito and Mr Torres for their time with the club and also wishes them all the best in their new endeavours,” read the statement.
Zimpapers Sports Hub has it on good authority that the Bosso leadership weren’t amused by the team’s “free fall” having lost the grip on the lead at the top of the Castle Lager Premiership.
In all the misunderstanding and disappointment, Torres described the end of the relationship as the closing of a beautiful chapter in his life.
He felt good while at Bosso and was not chuffed about the separation.
“One more beautiful chapter of my life is done. Highlanders, such a big institution, it was a big pleasure to me belong to that family, very passionate supporters that are really the heart of that institution,” said Torres.
He feels they did their best under the circumstances at Bosso, having went on for 22 games, in all competitions, without a loss.
Nineteen of those games were league matches.
“We did our best, 22 unbeaten games proves how hard we tried. Too much would be to talk but now is just time to say thanks.
“As gift to our supporters we leave here the “team talk” is one of best performances we have in this season, off course was the support of them that really push the team on that day. Once again thank you all. It was a big pleasure being part of Highlanders,” said Torres.
Brito joined Highlanders during the mid-season of the 2022 replacing Mandla Mpofu, who had endured a difficult start to the campaign.
His target at that time was to turn Bosso’s fortunes around as they were on position 11 on the table.
He managed to stabilise things and led Bosso to a fifth place finish, which is the same position this season.
The turnaround prompted Bosso to offer him a one-year deal at the beginning of the year. After a decent start, which saw Bosso go on a 19-game unbeaten run, things took a turn for the worse on Match Day 20 when they lost to FC Platinum in Zvishavane.
The loss allowed Ngezi Platinum to close the gap two points at that time. Bosso was toppled from the summit of the log standings by Ngezi Platinum after a two-nil defeat to Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium the next weekend.
In the end, Bosso finished the league in position five with 14 wins, 13 draws and seven losses.
Their points’ tally of 55 is better than last season where they got 51 points and still finished fifth.