Bongani Mafu
Bongani Mafu
BornBongani Mafu
(1965-09-07) September 7, 1965 (age 56)
  • Coach
RelativesRonald Sibanda

Bongani Mafu is a Zimbabwean coach. He coached Highlanders Football Club after being appointed at the close of the 2014 soccer season in replacement of Kevin Kaindu. Mafu was fired in August 2015 with only 10 games to go before the end of the 2015 premier league season.


Bongani Mafu was born on September 7, 1965.

Coaching career

Mafu is almost unknown in football circles but he has been involved in the sport for quite some time. At one point Bongani Mafu was the head coach for Zimbabwe Saints Football Club in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League. His appointment as the Highlanders coach however ranks as his most high profile appointment as a coach. Mafu was also given a coaching post in Botswana when he was put in charge of Gaborone United. During his tenure in the United Kingdom, he was also in charge of Under 18s with Sherborne Town playing in the Dorset Youth league, Won the U16 Championship with an unbeaten season and the 2012–2013 League Championship with the U18s.[1] The new Highlanders coach has also had attachments with St Denis in the Reunion and AC Milan in Italy.[2] Apart from his coaching activities, Mafu is also said to be involved in the sponsoring of junior tournaments and football development programmes. It was also reported that Mafu was also at one point in charge of Gilliangham Seniors[3] In the year 2013, he made a donation of soccer balls to the Bulawayo Province Junior Football League.[4]

Mafu is said to have been long involved with Bosso especailly with the junior side before landing the top post. After the sacking of Kevin Kaindu, the responsibility was passed on to Mark Mathe on a provisional basis pending the conclusion of the 2014 soccer season hence the hiring of Bongani Mafu[5] Prior to his appointment as Highlanders Coach he was based in the United Kingdom[6]

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Teaching Experience

Mafu was also reported to have been a French teacher while in the United Kingdom

Coaching Qualifications

  • UEFA B licence
  • Coaching diploma from the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association[3]


He is brother to former Warriors midfielder Ronald ‘Gidiza’ Sibanda. In addition to soccer Mafu is also a rugby and cricket coach!


  1. Meet new Highlanders coach Bongani Maf, Soccer24, Published: December 23, 2014, Retrieved: December 24, 2014
  2. Lovemore Dube Mafu new Bosso coach, The Herald, Published: December 24, 2014, Retrieved: December 24, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stanford Chiwanga [ Latest: Mafu appointed Highlanders Coach], The Chronicle, Published: December 23, 2014, Retrieved: December 24, 2014
  4. Sakheleni Nxumalo UK-based Mafu donates footballs, DailyNews, Published: April 9, 2013, Retrieved: December 24, 2014
  5. Fortune Mbele Mafu is new Highlanders coach, NewsDay, Published:December 24, 2014, Retrieved: December 24, 2014
  6. Bongani Mafu unveiled as new Highlanders coach, Soccer24, Published: December 23, 2014, Retrieved: December 24, 2014