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.