Bosso face in-form How Mine

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

TWO teams with con­trast­ing for­tunes, High­landers who have gone for six games with­out a win and How Mine whose un­beaten run is seven matches, clash in a po­ten­tially ex­cit­ing Bulawayo derby at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium to­mor­row.

While How Mine are ea­ger to con­tinue with their run, High­landers are hard­pressed to end their bad spell that has seen them drift­ing away from the ti­tle chas­ing pack.

In fact, it will not be a stroll in the park for High­landers as How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu does not want his team to be the first club to lose to Bosso.

Bosso have been on a los­ing streak since the be­gin­ning of the se­cond half of the sea­son that has seen them pick­ing up just a point from a pos­si­ble 15 while their coun­ter­parts have been the best per­form­ers in the league amass­ing 11 points in five matches.

How Mine will be with­out vet­eran striker Kuda Musharu who is serv­ing sus­pen­sion but have able re­place­ments in Ti­nashe Makanda, God­frey Ngu­wodzawo and Mgcini Sibanda who has fallen down the peck­ing or­der.

On the other hand, High­landers wel­come back the trio of goal­keeper Ariel Sibanda, left back Hon­est Moyo and mid­fielder Si­mon Mu­nawa who missed the 0-1 loss to ZPC Kariba be­cause of in­juries and sus­pen­sions.

The Bulawayo giants will be with­out striker Ralph Matema who is nurs­ing a swollen knee.

Bosso are on 32 points after 20 games while DeMbare and ZPC Kariba are tied on 31 points.

In fact, ZPC Kariba can top­ple High­landers to­day and move from po­si­tion five to three should they beat Tsholot­sho FC at Lu­veve Sta­dium.

The elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tors ar­rived in Bulawayo on Thurs­day night and held their fi­nal train­ing ses­sion at a lo­cal school yes­ter­day with coach Sun­day Chidzambwa hope­ful of a fruit­ful trip to Bulawayo. The former na­tional team coach who was re­cently ap­pointed into Zifa’s High Per­for­mance Com­mit­tee along­side Rah­man Gumbo, Moses Chunga, In­no­cent Chogugudza, Tau­rai Mang­wiro and Masimba Chi­howa, is wary of Tsholot­sho.

“There is no easy team in the PSL. Ev­ery game we play is more like a cup fi­nal. It’s a tricky game in the sense that they’ll be try­ing hard to fight rel­e­ga­tion which means we’ve to work hard and guard against com­pla­cency. I hope the guys will play well like they did against High­landers,” said Chidzambwa.

In­juries have ruled out ZPC Kariba’s mid­field­ers Tal­ent Chawapiwa and Elvis Meleka for to­day’s en­counter.

They will bank on the likes of Thomas Sweswe, Lin­coln Zvasiya, Tawanda Nya­mandwe, Lim­ited Chikafa and Pro­tasho Kabwe among sea­soned play­ers.

Tsholot­sho will be miss­ing the ser­vices of mid­field­ers Bruno Madan­hire and Nkosana Si­wela who are also nurs­ing in­juries.

Lizwe Sweswe, Tsholot­sho’s gaffer op­ti­mistic of a vic­tory.

“Ob­vi­ously we’re wor­ried that we’re play­ing well but keep con­ced­ing goals, but the guys seem to be geared up for ZPC Kariba. We’ve been work­ing on our fin­ish­ing dur­ing the week and I’m happy to say they seem to be men­tally ready for the game. Hope­fully we will get the win that we’ve been long­ing for,” said Sweswe.

Ex-Zesco United util­ity player Zimise­leni Moyo, Thando Ncube, Mostapha Pony­era, Spar Dube and Nickel Marichi are some of the play­ers ex­pected to drive Tsholot­sho.

Mean­while, at Man­dava Sta­dium ti­tle favourites and league lead­ers FC Plat­inum and Chicken Inn face off in a po­ten­tially ex­cit­ing match this af­ter­noon.

FC Plat­inum with 42 points en­joy a five­point lead over se­cond placed Caps United and will want to main­tain their lead.

Chicken Inn who beat Tsholot­sho 1-0 last week will be hop­ing to cause an up­set on the cham­pi­onship favourites who are hard to beat at Man­dava. is

Kelvin Kaindu Erol Ak­bay

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