Bosso’s Kut­sanzira re­turns for crunch Caps clash

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

HIGH­LANDERS’ mid­fielder Rahman Kut­sanzira has re­cov­ered just in time for the crunch Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League tie against Caps United at the National Sports Sta­dium tomorrow.

An in­jury picked dur­ing High­landers’ 2-0 win over How Mine last month has seen the speedy winger miss­ing six matches.

Bosso coach Erol Ak­bay said Kut­sanzira who was en­joy­ing good form be­fore the in­jury, is in line for a start­ing place against Caps United in a match dubbed “Bat­tle of the Cities Part Two”.

“Rahman has been train­ing with the rest of the team and he looks strong. He will def­i­nitely travel with us for the game and it’s good to have a player like him com­ing back as it gives us op­tions es­pe­cially when you’ve close to half of the reg­u­lars miss­ing. Ben­son Phiri and Hon­est Moyo are still out with in­juries and we will not have Bruce Kangwa who is still in Tan­za­nia,” said Ak­bay.

The High­landers coach is also hop­ing that mid­fielder Allen Ga­hadzikwa who joins Bosso from Caps United gets his li­cence on time to face his former pay­mas­ters.

By yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, Bosso man­ager Vezigama Dlodlo was mak­ing fran­tic ef­forts to have Ga­hadzikwa reg­is­tered.

High­landers beat Caps United 1-0 a fort­night ago, cour­tesy of a Kangwa strike. Tomorrow Bosso go into Caps United lion’s den know­ing that their op­po­nents are out for re­venge.

With­out Kangwa, High­landers have strug­gled to cre­ate scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with their novice strik­ers Prince Dube and Nh­lanhla Ndlovu rarely get­ting clear-cut chances from the mid­field.

The re­turn of Kut­sanzira as well as the avail­abil­ity of Ga­hadzikwa may be timely for the Bulawayo giants.

“I feel strong and happy to be avail­able for se­lec­tion. I’m ready to make a re­turn and help my team win. It’s not like I’ll be walk­ing back into the team be­cause com­pe­ti­tion is tough but af­ter play­ing in the re­serve team on Wed­nes­day, I feel I’m fully fit to last the en­tire game,” said Kut­sanzira.

Just like Ga­hadzikwa, Kut­sanzira is an ex-Caps United player and will fight for start­ing places with play­ers like Gabriel Ny­oni, God­frey Makaruse who started on the left side of the mid­field against Tri­an­gle United, Brian Banda King Nadolo and Si­mon Mu­nawa.

Goal­keeper Ariel Sibanda will start ahead of ei­ther Pros­per Matutu or Njabulo Ny­oni with Felix Chin­dungwe and Peter Muduhwa part­ner­ing at central de­fence.

Tendai Ngu­lube will play as a right back while Bukhosi Ncube and Julius Daudi will fight for the left back po­si­tion’s role.

Erick Mudz­ingwa will an­chor and vet­eran for­ward Ralph Matema may be given the nod ahead of Ndlovu to part­ner Dube up­front.

Caps United who are on a re­venge mis­sion will be with­out striker Leonard Tsipa who re­ceived a red card in the first leg af­ter head­ing Muduhwa in an off the ball in­ci­dent.

Lloyd Chitem­bwe, Caps United’s coach said they need to win tomorrow’s en­counter so that they stay with the lead­ing group.

They are third on the ta­ble with 29 points, two be­hind sec­ond placed High­landers and trail lead­ers FC Plat­inum by four points.

“It’s a match of big mag­ni­tude but our prepa­ra­tions are the same. It’s a very cru­cial game for us. We need to stay in the lead­ing pack and that can only be achieved by col­lect­ing max­i­mum points,” Chitem­bwe said.

The Green Ma­chine have on pa­per a strong side and are ca­pa­ble of beat­ing High­landers.

Play­ing at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium a fort­night ago, Caps United paid dearly for their fail­ure to con­vert pos­ses­sion dom­i­nance into goals.

They had the up­per hand but rarely caused anx­ious moments for High­landers.

Chitem­bwe will be hop­ing that de­fen­sive mid­fielder Devon Chafa who seem to be on his way back to his old self, un­der­lin­ing that he is ar­guably the best an­chor­man on land, Tafadzwa Rusike, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Joel Ngodzo cre­ate scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for his strik­ers Do­minic Chungwa and Simba Nhivi.

Carl­ton Mun­z­abwa, Jus­tice Jangano, Dennis Dauda and Ron­ald Pfumbidzai are ex­pected to form Caps United’s de­fence with Ed­more Sibanda guard­ing their goal.

Mean­while, de­fend­ing champions Chicken Inn will take on Harare City at Lu­veve Sta­dium tomorrow with the Col­liery Sta­dium play­ing host to the Hwange-Tsholot­sho FC en­counter.

Tri­an­gle United who were beaten 1-3 by Ngezi Plat­inum in the re­verse fix­ture will be out to turn the ta­bles on the plat­inum min­ers at Gibbo tomorrow.

See pic­ture on Page 11 Rahman Kut­sanzira

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