WILL stand-in Reuben Tsengwa stand the heat on Sunday? He will have to if he wants to remove his club from the shaky position it finds itself in at Barbourfields.
As the ABC Supe8r resumes this weekend, Highlanders caretaker coach Tsengwaâ€™s hopes of reviving Highlanders comes under stern test when he comes up against bogey side Lengthens in the third quarterfinal of the new competition at Barbourfields.
Temporarily given the throne by the Highlanders executive, the former assistant coach has eked two draws since taking over, the last coming in the league against Caps FC last weekend.
Despite working successfully alongside former coach Methembe Ndlovu, Tsengwa is yet to come out of the sacked coachâ€™s shadow.
For the Highlanders executive, the lure of $7million (revalued) dollars is an opportunity for Bosso to remove themselves out of the financial difficulties they are in. Last week Highlanders chairman Ernest Sibanda came out in the open and pleaded for handouts to keep the team going. It is hard times indeed at Emagumeni.
An unimpressive display against Njube Sundowns two weeks ago was ample proof of the teamâ€™s lack of fitness and motivation.
They recorded their seventh league draw of the season in the match.
Sibanda was evasive to questions regarding a new fulltime coach, only saying a meeting will be convened to consider “the perfect replacement.
He said: “When one is badly wounded, you do not heal quickly.
“We are still yet to meet as a board to prepare a list of candidates. In the mean time we have delegated the team to Tsengwa.”
By Thando Mpofu