WILL he lose his job this weekend or will he live to fight another day?
Some might call Highlanders head coach Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu “a dead man walking” while others perceive him to be a warrior that always stands ready to fight to the bitter end to save his job.
The battle to stay on as the man in charge of the Bulawayo giants technical team or at least salvage some pride for Highlanders before the season comes to a close continues when Bosso travel to Hwange on Sunday for a date at the Colliery.
There are mixed reactions as to whether Mpofu must remain holding the fort at Bosso in the event that he loses on Sunday, a result which will mean he together with lieutenants Bekithemba Ndlovu and Tembo Chuma would have dismally failed to meet a six points “ultimatum” said to have been imposed by the club bosses.
Veteran sports journalist Lovemore Dube reckons the coaches must be given a chance to finish the season instead of being kicked to the kerb.
“Highlanders coaches must be allowed to finish the season and the hunt for a new coach must be done with the best interest of the club in mind and not based on emotions.
“It’s almost certain that Lulu and his boys will survive relegation but will finish the season lowly,” said Dube.
Those fighting in Mpofu’s corner point out that the club is not doing enough to support the team hence the blame cannot be solely placed on the coaches’ shoulders.
Bosso have been going through cost cutting measures that have resulted in players not going into camp before home matches with fears some of the boys were showing up for matches nursing hangovers.
Mpofu says he is concentrating on each game as it comes and is not bothered by “an ultimatum that he knows nothing about”.
“Sometimes I feel sorry for the players because they put so much hard work in training then results evade us but at the end of the day we have to take each game as it comes and stop worrying about things that we cannot control,” said Mpofu.
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