Kaindu keen to bounce back Kelvin Kaindu

Tadious Manyepo

Sports Reporter

HIGHLANDERS have suffered kicks and blows over the past five matches, which coach Kelvin Kaindu wants to quickly see off as the Bulawayo giants bid to win their first league title in 18 years.

Bosso started the term brightly, not least after picking the maximum points against bitter rivals Dynamos on the opening weekend, and even led the standings for a significant period of the first phase.

But they have been on a downward spiral since losing 2-0 to FC Platinum two months ago.

They haven’t won a game since beating CAPS United 2-0 at Barbourfields on 28 April.

Collecting just five points out of a possible 18 in their last six games has left the Kaindu charges trailing leaders FC Platinum by eight points.

And the Zambian gaffer, who is in his second stint at the Bulawayo powerhouse, says they need to change the script, starting with their match against Hwange at Barbourfields on Sunday.

Bosso have been buoyed by the return of left-back Archford Faira who missed the last three games due to a leg injury.

Kaindu said Faira is a key tool in his workshop and his presence will boost the team going forward.

“He (Faira) has been doing well, especially in the first games, we saw him creating, we saw him scoring and we saw how much he was adding depth in offensive and also in the transitions both defensively and offensively.

“And he has come back. I also think it brings competition to the team.

“We have dropped several points from the draws that we have had.

“I think it hasn’t been a good phase for us and we need to find a solution for us to come out of this phase.”

Kaindu said Hwange, who are coming from a 1-0 home victory over GreenFuel, can be a tricky opponent, especially given that a good number of their players like their captain Kelly Shiyandindi once turned out for Bosso at developmental stages.

“Playing Hwange, I think they haven’t been doing quite well this season but they are coming from a victory, and knowing that they have the pedigree especially playing against Highlanders, I think it is a team that is not predictable in the way they play.

“They are a good team and probably several guys are playing for that team who are from this place (Bulawayo). It is not going to be easy but if we can just focus and maybe improve our conversion rate,” said Kaindu.

“We keep on motivating the boys, firstly we keep on looking at the positives we are doing. We can score but it’s also the inability to convert the chances that come our way.

“If you are a coach with a team that can create chances, you know where to start. We just hope that we can improve.”

With 23 points under their belt after 15 games, Highlanders know there is a huge room for them to manoeuvre and give themselves a chance to win the title, especially with the tighter nature of the competition in the league.

He said: “Pressure will always be there. You win there is pressure, you lose there is pressure but it’s about the ability for you to get the momentum for you even if there is pressure.

“The fans have been excited and they have been supporting the team. We will turn around whatever has been happening.

“The league is quite competitive. If you look at how the season started, different teams were leading. We once led the standings as well and for a significant period until Manica Diamonds came on, but it’s now FC Platinum at the top. That shows there is a lot of competition”.

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