Kelvin Kaindu speaks on Highlanders-Dynamos hooliganism

Zambian admits work cut out in new stint as Bosso dugout commander  

By Tapiwa Svondo

Returning Highlanders head coach Kelvin Kaindu has admitted the weight of expectation on his hands in his renewed bid to guide the much-loved football outfit to elusive glory as he also gave his views on how to end recurrent crowd trouble that has rocked the club’s fixture with arch-rivals Dynamos.

After months of speculation, the Zambian football mentor and former player was brought back to Emagumeni for his second stint as the Bosso dugout boss.

In his last attempt 2013, Kaindu came a tantalising 90 minutes close to helping Highlanders clinch the title, losing it on goal difference to Kalisto Pasuwa’s Dynamos, then.

Bosso were trashed 4-0 by Harare City on the last day of the race when even a 1-0 loss could suffice to lay their hands on the coveted trophy.

“Football is a pressure game everywhere, small or big team, pressure is there,” Kaindu told Zimstar News in an interview.

“This is a different season and different time with different players.

“If we can put our heads together and begin to build a team that can compete with the teams that are strong in the league, it would be better for us.

“We have been in the process of building and building and last season, they did extremely well starting in the first half of the season where the team was unbeaten.

“We will try, but it is extremely hard.

“I think one of the most difficult things is probably to beat the expectations of the people; the expectations of the fans are so high and they want to see the glory days back at BF.”

Kaindu said it will be difficult to build on the spirit he infused during his last stint at Highlanders saying many things have changed since he left.

“Secondly,” he added, “God’s time is the best. We keep our faith and keep trusting in the Lord.”

Asked on how he intends to contribute towards ending crowd violence involving Highlanders and Dynamos, Kaindu said, “when we talk about crowd violence, I think it is not only the responsibility of the coach, or the players or the police or probably the PSL.

“I think it is the responsibility of everybody and we are hoping and praying that such kind of scenes are nolonger witnessed when the big games is being played.

“There are few things that we need to work on and I hope with a few ideas on the table, we can try and prevent the crowd violence when Highlanders and Dynamos are playing in the big games.”

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