How Mine out to win BF en­counter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Sikhum­buzo Moyo

HIGH-rid­ing How Mine do not want to be the first side to lose to crest­fallen High­landers when the two sides lock horns in a Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship match at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium this Sun­day.

Bosso have been on a los­ing streak since the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond half of the sea­son that has seen them pick­ing up just two points out of a pos­si­ble 18, while the gold min­ers, who had an in­dif­fer­ent first half of the cam­paign, have been grind­ing cru­cial re­sults and amassed 12 points from six games.

High­landers have been vic­tims of in­juries, a rare oc­cur­rence in the past, es­pe­cially a player be­ing out for a month. The Bu­l­awayo gi­ants also lost two key play­ers, Bruce Kangwa to cash rich Tan­za­nian side Azam and Knox Mu­tizwa to Bid­vest Wits in the South African Absa Pre­mier­ship.

De­spite his op­po­nents be­ing at their most vul­ner­a­ble, How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu still be­lieves gi­ants like Bosso never die and are still as dan­ger­ous as when in form.

The Zam­bian, whose side will miss the ser­vices of the bull­doz­ing Kuda Musharu through sus­pen­sion, says he still re­spects his op­po­nents, but it will be like any other en­counter for them.

“It’s just an­other game, but I re­spect my op­po­nents whether they are in form or not. As a club, we have im­proved in terms of de­fend­ing, but play­ing Bosso is an­other tough as­sign­ment as these are gi­ants,” said Kaindu.

With Musharu un­avail­able, lanky for­ward God­frey Ngu­wodzawo could be given the re­spon­si­bil­ity up­front.

Tapiwa Kum­buyani has a steady­ing ef­fect in de­fence, which will be tested by Bosso’s main striker Prince Dube.

High­landers will wel­come back Hon­est Moyo, Si­mon Mu­nawa and goal­keeper Ariel Sibanda for Sun­day’s en­counter af­ter they missed last Satur­day’s 0-1 loss to ZPC Kariba.

A loss on Sun­day could see Bosso drop­ping to sixth on the ta­ble, which would be their worst plac­ing since the ar­rival of Dutch­man Erol Ak­bay as head coach.

Mean­while, two other play­ers will join Musharu in miss­ing this week­end’s league ac­tion af­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing three yel­low cards.

Tsholot­sho’s Bruno Madan­hire and Xolani Ncube of Cha­pungu will both watch their re­spec­tive teams from the ter­races, ac­cord­ing to a com­mu­niqué from the PSL.

Madan­hire re­ceived his first yel­low card on April 9 against Bu­l­awayo City, the sec­ond against How Mine on June 11 and the third last Sun­day against Chicken Inn.

Musharu was first yel­low carded on April 23 when How Mine played Chicken Inn and on May 26 against FC Plat­inum, with the third in Satur­day’s tie with Cha­pungu.

Ncube’s first cau­tion was against Chicken Inn on July 9, his sec­ond a week later when Mutare City Rovers vis­ited As­cot Sta­dium in Gweru and the third against Cha­pungu. Tsholot­sho take on ZPC Kariba at Lu­veve Sta­dium on Satur­day, the same day that Cha­pungu will be in ac­tion against Bor­der Strik­ers at Dulivhadz­imu Sta­dium in Beit­bridge. HIGH­LANDERS have been sum­moned to ap­pear be­fore a Premier Soc­cer League dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee next month over the be­hav­iour of their fans dur­ing a league match against Chicken Inn at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium on Au­gust 14.

The hear­ing has been set for Septem­ber 8 and the sched­ule of of­fences in­cludes pitch in­va­sion, mis­sile throw­ing and vi­o­lent con­duct by their fans.

In sum­mons is­sued yes­ter­day, High­landers are be­ing charged in terms of Or­der 31; Acts of mis­con­duct/ of­fences, which says it’s an act of mis­con­duct when sup­port­ers mis­be­have in any man­ner what­so­ever, in­side or out­side a ground be­fore, dur­ing or af­ter a match, no mat­ter on which ground the match is played.

“With­out dero­gat­ing from the gen­er­al­ity of what con­sti­tute mis­be­haviours on the part of sup­port­ers, the fol­low­ing are specif­i­cally de­clared to be acts of mis­be­haviour;

“In­va­sion or at­tempted in­va­sion of the field of play, save for rea­sons of crowd safety, throw­ing or at­tempt­ing to throw mis­siles, bot­tled and other ob­jects whether po­ten­tially harm­ful or dan­ger­ous or not, on the pitch or at any per­son. Acts of vi­o­lence or at­tempted acts of vi­o­lence against any­one at the game,” reads the PSL sum­mons.

The PSL pre­ferred the charges fol­low­ing a re­port by the match com­mis­sioner which cited “sup­port­ers from the Soweto stand and mainly in High­landers colours who started throw­ing mis­siles onto the pitch”.

“As the po­lice moved in to try and con­trol the sit­u­a­tion, more mis­siles were thrown and

Kelvin Kaindu

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