The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Au­gust 17, 1991 — Speedy winger Madinda Ndlovu could make a wel­come re­turn af­ter a two-year ab­sence from the lo­cal scene when High­landers en­gage Cha­pungu in a Zifa Cup sec­ond round soc­cer match at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium tomorrow.

Ndlovu re­turned home re­cently af­ter the ex­piry of his two-year con­tract with Ger­man re­gional team Em­sted­den 05 and was rested in High­landers’ last two matches at his re­quest.

High­landers man­ager Lawrence Phiri said yes­ter­day that Ndlovu started train­ing with the team on Tues­day. How­ever, Phiri could not say whether he would field the player.

“We still have to fi­nalise our team for Sun­day’s match,’’ Phiri said. “How­ever, field­ing Madinda will be a great morale booster.’’

Phiri said he ex­pected stiff op­po­si­tion from the Air Force of Zim­babwe team.

Phiri was con­cerned that he may still have to do with­out two key play­ers, star striker Adam Ndlovu and first choice goal­keeper Peter Nkomo, who are nurs­ing in­juries and have not fea­tured in the team’s last two matches.

How­ever, the con­so­la­tion for High­landers is that ju­nior goal­keeper Mu­sawenkosi Masango has shown great prom­ise be­tween the posts but looks likely to be tested by the Cha­pungu goal poach­ers. High­landers, the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, dis­missed lowly Zim­bank 8-0 in the first round and Cha­pungu beat Ton­gog­ara 3-1 af­ter ex­tra-time.

High­landers’ trou­bled neigh­bours Zim­babwe Saints, who are still smart­ing from a 4-0 drub­bing by Dy­namos in a league match last Sun­day, set the ball rolling this af­ter­noon against the un­known GMB Nor­ton at Bar­bour­fields.

Saints go into the match with­out head coach Gibson Homela and team man­ager Tendai Chieza who were sus­pended by the ex­ec­u­tive this week for “poor re­sults.’’

Ju­nior coaches Eb­son Muguyo and Henry Mushonga have been tasked with try­ing to re­vive the strug­gling team and their abil­i­ties will be put to the test to­day.

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