Highlanders coach Mandla Mpofu says he is not bothered by reports that the club has hired a new mentor to guide the team until the end of the season.

Former Dutch top-flight league coach Hendrik Pieter de Jongh has been linked with replacing Mpofu and save the season for the Bulawayo giants who are sitting just two places above the drop zone.

“I do not bother myself with other issues (hiring of De Jongh) that I can’t control,” the coach said, according to the Chronicle.

“I’m simply channelling all my energy on delivering, getting the team out of the danger zone.”

Mpofu also dispelled rumours that he had left Highlanders. He said he is preparing for the Wednesday’s rescheduled league fixture against Bulawayo Chiefs.

“I don’t know the source of the message doing the rounds that I left the club. Those are lies and as it is I’m concentrating on my job and preparing for the important game on Wednesday against Bulawayo Chiefs,” added Mpofu.