B/STRIK­ERS HIKE CHARGES FOR BOSSO MATCH

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

IN a bid to avoid a pos­si­ble loss on both fronts, rel­e­ga­tion-haunted Bor­der Strik­ers have in­creased gates charges for their clash against High­landers at Dulivhadz­imu Stad Sta­di­umu to­mor­row.to o ow.

The Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League man­age­ment gave them the green light to in­crease charges.

Vavheneki, as the bor­der town based team is known, have hiked their charges to $5 for the rest of th e ground and $10 for VIP. The in­crease will surely guar­an­tee them fi­nan­cial vic­tory as suc­cess is not cer­tain on the field of play against Amahlolanyama, who rose from the sec­ond half slum­ber with a 2-0 win against How Mine last week­end.

Estab­lished­stab s ed in 1982,9 Bor­der Strik­ers’ Dulivhadz­imu Sta­di­umS­ta­diu has a car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity of be­tween 5 000 and 6 000 spec­ta­tors.

Cas­tle Lager PremierPremie Soc­cer League chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer KennedyKenne Nde­bele said:

“We okayed their de­ci­sionde to in­crease the charges. They did the same when Dy­namos went there.”

Dulivhadz­imu is cer cer­tainly set to be filled to the rafters with most­lymo Bosso sup­port­ers although Bor­der Strik­er­sStrike have a fair fol­low­ing at home. Bosso posted a 2-0 win in the first leg at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium through a Bruce Kangwa brace in a match which is mostly re­mem­bered for the fa­mous quote by for­mer Bor­der Strik­ers coach Saul Chaminuka who said ref­er­ees mustn’t come for games with the re­sults in their pock­ets just to hand them over.

New Bor­der Strik­ers coach, Never Malunga, is wor­ried ahead of the en­counter as two of his play­ers are fac­ing a late fit­ness test while one in al­ready out due to sus­pen­sion.

Wil­liam Ny­oni and Michael Mwenya are in the ca­su­alty ward while Ti­nashe Mu­gadza­weta is one of the seven play­ers in the league that have been hit with sus­pen­sions af­ter pick­ing up three yel­low cards.

Bosso will also be with­out cap­tain Erick Mudz­ingwa.

Other sus­pended play­ers in­clude Mostafa Pony­era of Tsholot­sho, Gift Mb­weti of Hwange, Tichaona Ma­pung­wana of Tri­an­gle United, Lib­erty Chako­roma and Jimmy Tigere of Ngezi Plat­inum Stars and Harare City re­spec­tively.

“We have com­pli­ca­tions as we pre­pare for the game. Two of our play­ers have in­juries and are sub­ject to late fit­ness tests while Mu­gadza­weta is out due to sus­pen­sion. We are pre­par­ing well for Bosso though,” said Malunga. He is con­fi­dent of pulling out an­other gi­ant killing act fol­low­ing the 2-1 down­ing of Dy­namos at the same venue a few weeks ago.

“Any­thing can hap­pen on the field of play. If my guys play ac­cord­ing to our game plan I am sure all will be well, Beit­bridge will cel­e­brate,” said Malunga.

Bor­der Strik­ers come up against a res­ur­rected High­landers although an­a­lysts say the Bu­l­awayo giants had been play­ing well even in matches that they lost in the sec­ond half, just be­ing un­lucky with goals.

In­spi­ra­tional skip­per Mudz­ingwa, who will miss the match due to sus­pen­sion has al­ready is­sued an in­struc­tion to his sol­diers: “Crush them”.

Mudz­ingwa said the so-called small teams al­ways rise when

they face giants but that must not hap­pen to­mor­row just like the foot­ball joke that small teams must know that in real life Go­liath al­ways wins.

“The guys can’t af­ford to be com­pla­cent and need to bury Bor­der Strik­ers be­cause such teams al­ways give us prob­lems. Re­mem­ber we strug­gled to beat them in the first leg and what the guys need to do is crush them early and con­cen­trate through­out the game,” said Mudz­ingwa.

With Mudz­ingwa out, coach Erol Ak­bay is likely to throw in Dou­glas Sibanda in the hold­ing mid­field role as push­ing the ag­gres­sive Peter Muduhwa might desta­bilise the cen­tral de­fence. Si­mon Mu­nawa is an­other op­tion for Bosso in that depart­ment.

Rah­man Kut­sanzira, likely to be the most ex­pe­ri­enced in­field player on the day, will keep his wing po­si­tion with young Brian Banda op­er­at­ing on the other side of the wing.

New boy Al­lan Ga­hadzikwa, so full of run­ning last Sun­day, will op­er­ate be­hind the two young strik­ers, Prince Dube and Nh­lanhla Ndlovu. Ariel Sibanda will guard the goal.

The Dube and Ndlovu com­bi­na­tion, while yet to find the back of the net, will surely be a thorn in the flesh for many a de­fence and it could just be a mat­ter of time be­fore flood­gates open.

Bosso’s last of­fi­cial match in Beit­bridge was a 3-2 win over the now de­funct Trip­ple B on May 1, 2013. — @skhu­moyo2000

Nh­lanhla Ndlovu Prince Dube

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