Bosso’s Greatest Coaches Of The Last 20 Years.


The Highlanders Football Club has seen a lot of great and unbelievable sons gracing BF over the years. In each generation, you can’t single out one players. They always were an incredulous unit of workmanship and entertainers.

Bosso had great coaches who moulded them into a live-wire football team that kept the City of Kings electrified week-in and week out. This would be the scenario whether the team was home or away. All of these coaches were gifted differently. 

Barry Daka, -this man breathed, ate and slept football. Bhibhiza had the style. He spent lots of times reading new football concepts. He kept himself up to date with modern coaching methods. The time of his vision had not yet arrived in his era such that his stay as head coach was characterised by exciting but less fruitful seasons. He coached the teams with the likes of Alex Maseko, Douglous British Mloyi, Abraham Madondo, Nhamo Shambira, Titus Majola, Thuthani Moyo and Benjamin Matambanadzo Mpofu to name but a few. It is so sad no one even gives him the role at national level. I will not do politics.

Cosmos Zulu was a hard man of football. I remember him saying ” Abanye benu labuya lapha lilama andaweya one one manje sesiliholisa imali selithenga nga six six selisimbuluzela”. Tsano as he is popularly known, believed in shaping the team’s physical frame and demanding the best. He was very much result oriented. Unfortunately, I did not work with him much and he normally did managerial duties. He worked with Captain Oxo – Peter Nkomo, Mackey Nyathi, Nqobizitha Humptey Maenzanise, Fanuel Malume Ncube, Madinda Ndlovu, the list is endless.

Roy Barretto was very versatile and shrewd. Roy believed in the same school as Barry Daka. He spent his energies on statistics and data to manipulate his opponents and to psych his players alike. He got the most out of players. Even better, he had an incerdible crop of Adam and Peter Ndlovu, Cleopas Nkatha Dlodlo, Benjie Nkonjera, Thabani B-Car Moyo, Boy Ndlovu, Rahman Gumbo and so many others. Barretto Mkula as we knew him, got this crop to play the most exciting football that brought results. It is always tough to balance this blend. People will never forget how they ripped Goh Mahia of Kenya at Barbourfields Stadium.

Madinda Ndlovu is probably the most under-rated Bosso coach. Shakes, we sometimes call him, has an unbelievable eye for talent. He is an inspirational coach who dug out for Thulani Ncube, Bekithemba Ndlovu, Siza Khoza, Gift Lunga Jnr, Amon Chimbalanga, Thabani Mqwayi Masawi, Noel Kaseke and so on. He sacrificed his reputation and job trying to bring youngsters to the fore. Temperamental as he was, he gave small boys belive in themselves and they grew up to be a force. Many people still do not believe in his work, but he was great for the team.

Willard Mashinkila Khumalo will always remind me of Madinda in some ways. They both had a way to work with players at training. They had incredibly exciting drills that got the boys working. I think the players would be challenged by the status and class of these geniuses. Who could not have, being under the guidance of the ‘galloping’ Nduna? While their personalities were worlds apart, they were both an unlucky pair. They did not get results when they needed them. As usual, fans were never patient enough to see growth in the team.

Rahman Gumpo was the most successful coach for Bosso. When Madinda Ndlovu was relieved of his duties, the boys were down and out. They were young and feeling bad because of the press and fans. Not winning is one thing, but if the fans are not helping, it’s a death knell for the fragile minds of young footballers. Rush took their broken hearts to his advantage. He gave them direct challenges, like, ‘people say you are young and not good enough, let’s go and show them’. That worked wonders. It was the days that Siza Khoza was hottest, Zenzo Zemura Moyo, Alexzander Phiri, Blessing Gumiso, Thulani Biya Ncube, Johannes Tshisa Ngodzo, Tapuwa Kapini, Melody Wafawanaka and Eddie Dube.  The boys ran like there was no tomorrow. The Stadium was full and the mood was on such a high. People started composing songs and remixing in a way never known before. You will remember the Gwindi song, the Cry Mantengwane and Babebulalo’ Baba. This for me was the most successful part. The dent here was the Sable de Batie and Young African Africa Champions’ League games. It was too bad.

Eddie May is regarded by many as the main man. I see him as a vulture. He took Rahman Gumpo’s team with its momentum. He was very fortunate to have Enerst Maphepha by his side. Eddie was a negative defensive coach when he came. One of his first few games, he played at home against Dynamos. I remember doing a radio commentery analysis on the game. He played with 5 defenders who battled to contain Norman Maroto. Bosso lots that game with Maroto scoring. Maphepha could not let the momentum die. Eddie Nyika came in to beef up the squad. Later, Adam Ndlovu and Stuart Murisa rejoined the young boys who pushed their game a notch higher. Bosso became rolling stone, winning Championships at will. Technically speaking, Eddie was good enough to keep the status quo Rahman had left. 

When it comes down the line, there were others like Johns Chilengi. He was an ordinary passionate coach. He really did not impact much in the success of the team. As for myself, many people do not have a clue who I am or was. I was never the coach. I was just a Technical Advisor, to Rahman Gumpo.

The question as to who was the greatest, will always hinge on where you were at that time. Some were the best, others lucky and few successful. Of course for me, least known.

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By Tse Posted in Uncategorized

7 comments on “Bosso’s Greatest Coaches Of The Last 20 Years.

  1. You have made a lot of interesting comments Tse and i am really impressed by your anaylsis. However, i dont think you are giving Eddie May the credit that he deserves. I am not arguing your point that the team had momentum comming from Rush but again the players that Rush was using were a team put together by Madinda…does that make Rahman a vulture as well…i dont think so. Eddie May was as brilliant…the only coach to win the league by 20 points…second placed was Black Rhinos. The team that Eddie May coached was able to change the play and dominate. That shows his good qualities as a coach…..

    This debate will never come to an end…it also depends with which coach you worked with. I had the previledge of associating with the duo of Dick Chama (may his souls rest in peace) & Madind Ndlovu….those 2 brains were full of football. I take my hat off for Dick Chama…

    • Thanks Busani for your very fair and objective comments. I think I am fairly harsh on Eddie May. I guess it is the culture and the greatness pf Bosso that you can not put a fingure on one thing, one game, one situation or one individual. Can you imagine trying to say who was the greatest player or Chairman! People will tell you about Gumede, Muhlwa and Mangwana. It is such rich history that will always live in our memories forever. I hope we do everything we can to make and enjoy more meomries. We can make it happen.

  2. oh my god….rush was the best coach of all times. he assembled a strong and vibrant team even up to now, no coach has ever reached the limits achvd by rush his. Thulani Biya team was jus a marvel to watch… but i guess the only way he went wrong was champions league even though it still hurts me so much the way he was sacked, to me it sounded like coward bcz pple never took time to look back at his achvments…bamxotsha njengenja…if u may tell me where is Biya, Alexandra, Gumiso, Kaseke.

    • Thamu, I am biased to think that way too. The problem is that I worked closely with Rush, so I leave that one open. Roy inspired me to take up coaching as soon as I saw that I will never don a first team jersey. I refused to play for other premier teams. I can safely say those days made everybody go hey waya. It is always sad to come into a team and do a good job and personally issues come to drown the team’s success. Divorses that end ugly are always bad. The team needs Rush now.

      I know Biya is in the States. He hasn’t been in touch in a while now. Alex the Senior is in SA, while the younger has been out of my radar for ages. I have not been in touch with MaGumaGuma for a long time as well. I know Kaseke will be playing in the Champion’s League this season after his team won the Cyprus League.

    • Thanks Sambulo. I hope you will keep tuned in. I wish to get the latest as well from those who know. Most say it has been just tears. It will be tears of joy again soon.

  3. Rush the greatest coach ,l want to pick one instance he turned an average zenzo moyo to be agreat striker and look at his record wherever he has gone

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