The outgoing Highlanders Under 18 coach Gift Lunga Junior, who has been requested from the club by the Victoria Falls based ZIFA Southern Region Division One side Mosi Rovers says he is grateful to Bosso for giving him the platform to start his coaching career and he is ready for the new challenge as he continues to learn.
Lunga who was in the set-up of the club’s developmental structures together with Melusi Sibanda, Sizabantu Khoza and Daniel Ngwenya was last week requested from the club by Mosi Rovers and Highlanders saw it logical to give him the green light to go and face a bigger challenge that will help him grow his promising coaching career.
Highlanders technical manager Madinda Ndlovu overseers the developmental structure as he assigns duties to coaches of respective age groups.
Lunga joins an ambitious side looking for promotion into the elite league, and on requesting him, Mosi Rovers indicated that they identified Thebe as the man fit for the job.
Asked about the new challenge, Thebe said this was the biggest moment of his life, and giving credit to Highlanders and number of coaches who have helped him in his five-year coaching journey with the club.
“It is of course the biggest experience of my coaching career. I started with the Under 16s, then I was assistent to Melusi Sibanda when Bosso90 was in division two, now I was coaching the Under 18s,”
“I am very grateful to Highlanders, and all the coaches I have worked with, the likes of (Kelvin) Kaindu, Erol Akbay, and most recently Madinda Ndlovu. I learnt a lot from them, and I would like to thank Madinda Ndlovu for what I learnt from him recently, and this is the opportunity for me to implement it on my own to see how far I have learnt. It is a long process, I will continue leaning,” said Lunga.
The departure of Lunga means that Highlanders will have to look for another former player to fill in the vacuum, as the club continue with its vision of grooming coaches from a pool of its former players.
As the biggest football institution in the region, the club also prides itself of its former players who go on to play a pivotal role in the development of the sport in the entire region.
Lunga, the former Highlanders left-back is a holder of a CAF C coaching certificate, and he hopes to upgrade himself to CAF B, then A within the shortest possible time.