Shingi Matibiri, Sports Reporter
Dutchman Pieter de Jongh has terminated his contract with contract with the Somalia Football Federation giving in to speculation that he might be pushing for a return to Highlanders.
De Jongh has never hidden his desire to return to Highlanders and said that his departure from the post of Somali national team coach has been prompted by the need to pursue some ‘opportunities’ in Africa.
“I want to thank the Federation (Somalia Football Federation), the players, and staff for their hard work and support and I wish them well for the future,” said de Jongh.
“Pieter de Jongh will continue his coaching in Africa. There are various opportunities and hopefully there will be news soon on the next step in my career.”
Joel Luphahla is currently holding the fort at Highlanders as interim coach following the sacking of Mandla Mpofu last week.
Former SuperSport and Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has been touted as a possible replacement but his high demands has put off Highlanders while former coach Kelvin Kaindu who is in charge of Zanaco in his native Zambia has also been mentioned among those being considered by Highlanders.
De Jongh had a short but fruitful stint with Highlanders winning the Chibuku Super Cup in 2019.
He left Bosso for FC Platinum in 2020 but was sacked just before the CAF Champions League matches as he did not have the requisite CAF A coaching badge.