SEVEN DOWN De­pleted Bosso face ZPC Kariba test

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

BU­L­AWAYO giants High­landers are set to troop into Nyamhunga Sta­dium to face ZPC Kariba on Satur­day with­out seven reg­u­lar play­ers due to suspension, in­jury and workre­lated com­mit­ments.

Bosso are yet to win in the sec­ond half of the 2016 Cas­tle Lager Premier­ship sea­son hav­ing reg­is­tered three losses and a draw. They will leave for Kariba with­out Ben­son Phiri, Nh­lanhla Ndlovu and Ralph Matema, who are all in­jured, while the duo of Hon­est Moyo and Simon Mu­nawa are sus­pended. Kasimero Chim­badzwa is in Harare for the ZRP Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral’s Gala rep­re­sent­ing Bu­l­awayo.

Prince Dube, out for the past two games, has a 50/50 chance of mak­ing the trip as, ac­cord­ing to wor­ried coach Erol Ak­bay, he has just started light train­ing.

Moyo and Mu­nawa are among the seven play­ers sus­pended for this week­end’s matches af­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing three yel­low cards each. Mu­nawa and Moyo picked up their third yel­low cards against Chicken Inn.

“Please note that the player(s) listed here­un­der have each ac­cu­mu­lated three yel­low cards and will be sus­pended for one match re­spec­tively. The said play­ers shall not par­tic­i­pate in their club’s Match­day 20 of the Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League matches sched­uled for the 20th to 21st Au­gust 2016,” reads a PSL state­ment.

Other sus­pended play­ers are Ephraim Mwinga (Bor­der Strik­ers), Do­minic Chungwa (Caps United), Em­manuel Mandi­ranga (Bu­l­awayo City), Sipho Ndlovu (Bu­l­awayo City) and Mar­lvin Gaki (Tri­an­gle United).

Bosso’s dif­fi­cult po­si­tion comes at a time when they are fac­ing a team they are yet to beat on the road. In fact, High­landers have only beaten the elec­tric­ity men once, a scram­bled 1-0 win at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium in the re­verse fix­ture. As such they would have wanted to go to Nyamhunga with a full strength and con­fi­dence boost­ing squad.

Speed mer­chant Gabriel Ny­oni might have to carry all Bosso’s strik­ing obli­ga­tions if Dube fails to re­cover, as tak­ing him when he is half fit might be cruel to his ca­reer.

Un­tried young­sters Them­balethu Mthunzi and McCarthy Dube might be the other op­tions for Ak­bay, who must also sum­mon all his tac­ti­cal prow­ess to out­wit another old fox in the game Sun­day Chidzambwa, the ZPC Kariba gaffer.

Bu­l­awayo City and Caps United, who clash at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium on Sun­day, will be missing two play­ers and a player re­spec­tively.

Bu­l­awayo foot­ball fans will be spoilt for choice on Satur­day as Chicken Inn play host to Tsholot­sho at White City Sta­dium, while team of the mo­ment How Mine wel­come Cha­pungu at Lu­veve Sta­dium.

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