Strik­ing woes for Bosso be­fore must-win game

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

HIGH­LANDERS’ mid-sea­son sign­ing Nh­lanhla Ndlovu has been ruled out of to­mor­row’s “must win” clash against Tri­an­gle United at Gibbo Sta­dium while Prince Dube should pass a late fit­ness test.

Both play­ers were sub­sti­tuted dur­ing their em­bar­rass­ing 1-2 loss to lowly placed Mutare City on Thurs­day af­ter pick­ing in­juries. Af­ter as­sess­ing the play­ers yes­ter­day morn­ing, Bosso coach Erol Ak­bay ruled out Ndlovu and is hop­ing that Dube re­cov­ers on time for the match.

Ak­bay has de­scribed his team’s en­counter against Tri­an­gle as a “must win” and is hop­ing that Bosso, who have scored only two goals in their last six league games get a right for­mula against the Lowveld side.

The Dutch ex­pa­tri­ate said they’re in dire need of a vic­tory to try and keep up with the ti­tle chas­ing group.

“We’ve to win this game by all means. Los­ing two con­sec­u­tive games is not ac­cept­able by any stan­dards. If we’re to re­main at the top we’ve to win against Tri­an­gle. How we win doesn’t mat­ter as long as we grind a pos­i­tive re­sult,” said Ak­bay.

“The only chal­lenge is that just like last week against Caps United, we’ve to change our strike force and our game plan be­cause of in­juries. Prince is a doubt­ful starter be­cause he is feel­ing some mus­cle pain and Nh­lanhla is out,” said Ak­bay.

In the ab­sence of Dube and Ndlovu, sea­soned striker Ralph Matema will lead the High­landers’ at­tack at Gibbo along­side Kasimero Chim­badzwa.

High­landers will also bank on newly signed Allen Ga­hadzikwa who had a bril­liant de­but against Mutare City Rovers which earned him praise from Ak­bay as well as the sup­port­ers.

Ga­hadzikwa joined High­landers from Caps United and showed his yes­ter­year form, string­ing good passes and drop­ping to pro­vide cover for de­fence.

Be­sides Ga­hadzikwa, some of the play­ers that Ak­bay will be bank­ing on in­clude Peter Muduhwa, Erick Mudz­ingwa and Rah­man Kut­sanzira.

Si­mon Mu­nawa who had been sit­ting it out in the last games played the en­tire match against Rovers and it seems the bench has reformed him as he fought for ev­ery ball on Thurs­day.

High­landers will not have it easy at Gibbo as Tri­an­gle also go into the match com­ing from a 0-1 loss to Cha­pungu and af­ter get­ting a point in their last meet­ing with Bosso, the Lowveld side may fancy their chances of col­lect­ing max­i­mum points at home.

Nel­son Me­son, Malvern Gaki, former Sha­banie Mine and FC Plat­inum striker Nel­son Mazi­wisa, Mar­vel­lous Mukumba, Brian Juwayeyi and Guthrie Zhokinyi are some of the play­ers that High­landers should be wary of.

The Bu­l­awayo giants are third on ta­ble with 31 points, six be­hind lead­ers FC Plat­inum who take on sec­ond placed Caps United in a top of the ta­ble clash at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium to­day.

High­landers will be pray­ing that the Caps United-FC Plat­inum match ends in a stale­mate, and they beat Tri­an­gle so that they close in on the top two.

Mean­while, this af­ter­noon Chicken Inn will be hop­ing to get max­i­mum points against Cha­pungu who beat them 2-1 in the re­verse fix­ture.

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons are on po­si­tion 10 with 22 points and their big­gest un­do­ing has been in­con­sis­tency just like a num­ber of PSL clubs.

The Chicken Inn-Cha­pungu match is set for Lu­veve, a sta­dium where the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons beat Harare City 2-0 last week and will be hop­ing to get an­other set of max­i­mum points.

Bu­l­awayo City who sus­pended their tech­ni­cal team over match-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions take on Hwange at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium this af­ter­noon. City beat Bor­der Strik­ers 1-0 in a midweek en­counter while the coalmin­ers held league lead­ers FC Plat­inum to a 1-1 draw.

To­mor­row, How Mine plays host to Harare City at Bar­bour­fields while Tsholot­sho travel to Sakubva to face Mutare City Rovers who beat Bosso 2-1. Tsholot­sho will be hop­ing to bounce back from a 0-1 loss to Caps United. @ZililoR

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