How Mine out to win BF encounter
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