Highlanders’ newly appointed coach Mandla Mpofu will not be on the bench when his side play TelOne at Barbourfields Stadium this weekend.

The club explained Mpofu’s absence is due to his brother’s death.

Assistant coach Bekithemba Ndlovu will take charge of the Sunday’s encounter.

“Highlanders will be without T.M Mandla Mpofu for the Sunday match against Manica Diamonds,” the club said in a statement.

“Mpofu lost his brother who is set to be laid to rest on Sunday. Bosso 90 coach Melusi ‘Mabaleka’ Sibanda will provide Bekithemba Ndlovu and Tembo Chuma with technical assistance.”

Mpofu took over from Madinda Ndlovu at the start of the month and has managed draws in his first two games in charge – against Ngezi Platinum and FC Platinum.



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