Highlanders woes reached a new high this Tuesday (today) with the resignation of assistant coach Amin Soma Phiri following alleged bad working relations between him and head coach Erol Akbay.

But outside this it appears the problems at Bosso are far from being over as the executive and the coach seem to be pulling in opposite directions.

This is just the tip of the many challenges rocking the Highlanders ship.

Soma Phiri resigned following a letter written by Akbay which also stated he wanted the demoted Cosmas Tsano Zulu to be reinstated as his deputy.

It is a request that the executive is not tolerating as it instead announced it has elevated Melusi Mabeleka Sibanda to being Akbay’s deputy.

In announcing the former assistant coach’s decision to quit, club chief executive officer Nhlanhla Dube indicated that there was no going back on Tsano as his was a closed case hence the elevation of Sibanda from the development side.

Akbay cites the slump in form has been because he lost his key strikers who were never replaced to which the executive said the coach enlisted seven strikers in his books that he chose at the beginning of the season to carry the 2017 campaign.

An interview with Akbay revealed the coach is ignorant of the newest development to elevate Sibanda whom he said cannot seat on the bench without the required qualifications.

On the strikers Akbay said he has given the remaining strikers a chance but its failing to work.

Akbay stressed his desire to have Tsano reinstated and also revealed that he only had 5 strikers, all of which had been given opportunities but failed to deliver thus he had requested for additions following the release of Prince Dube and Rodreck Mutuma.

It will be interesting times ahead for the Bulawayo giants who will try to salvage what is left of their PSL campaign starting with a tricky home fixture against Chapungu at White City Stadium on Sunday.