Bosso seek dou­ble as old foes clash

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vic­tim­i­sa­tion and nat­u­rally jeop­ar­dis­ing their chances of ever play­ing for the War­riors, but some of us will not sit back and keep quiet,” Kap­ini said.

Ef­forts to reach Ma­hachi for a com­ment were un­suc­cess­ful as his phone rang unan­swered for the bet­ter part of yesterday, while Pa­suwa’s mo­bile phone was be­ing an­swered by some­one who claimed the War­riors’ gaffer had left it in his pos­ses­sion. — @skhu­moyo2000 HIGH­LANDERS will have to dig deep to beat old foes Dy­namos to prove that their first win over the Harare giants in the re­verse fix­ture that came af­ter a decade of fal­ter­ing was no fluke.

The coun­try’s two big­gest and most fol­lowed teams face off in a Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League match at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium on Sun­day with High­landers’ fol­low­ers prob­a­bly op­ti­mistic of com­plet­ing a dou­ble over Dy­namos. Bosso stunned DeMbare 2-0 at Ru­faro Sta­dium in Harare in May.

Goals by young striker Prince Dube and Bruce Kangwa en­abled Bosso to break the 10-year jinx.

Dube sent Bosso fans into delir­ium in the sec­ond half with a per­fect ris­ing shot that beat Dy­namos and na­tional team goal­keeper Tatenda Muku­ruva at the near post.

His tim­ing to beat the off­side and get to the end of a Knox Mu­tizwa pass was per­fect and the lad, whose per­for­mances at Bosso earned him a Young War­riors call up, struck the ball with pre­ci­sion on the run.

Dube capped his fine af­ter­noon at Ru­faro with an as­sist for sea­soned util­ity player Bruce Kangwa and his per­fect de­liv­ery into the box from the right was headed by the lat­ter and the ball de­flected off Dy­namos’ cen­tral de­fender Syd­ney Linyama to beat Muku­ruva at the near post.

That vic­tory gave hope to the Bosso faith­ful that this could be their year, but the Bu­l­awayo giants went on to stut­ter in the sec­ond half of the sea­son. Since that May bat­tle, both sides have gone on to play 14 games, and it is Dy­namos who have done rea­son­ably well by amass­ing 27 points from seven wins, six draws and a shock loss to rel­e­ga­tion bound Bor­der Strik­ers.

In con­trast, High­landers man­aged six wins, three draws and five de­feats to col­lect 21 points. Bosso lost 0-2 to Chicken, 1-0 to Caps United, 1-2 to Mutare City Rovers, 1-2 to Tri­an­gle United and 0-1 to ZPC Kariba. High­landers will go into this Sun­day’s game with a bit of con­fi­dence af­ter post­ing two con­sec­u­tive wins. They beat Bor­der Strik­ers 2-1 last Sun­day fol­low­ing a 2-0 win over How Mine the pre­vi­ous week.

e two vic­to­ries have charmed Bosso’s Dutch coach Erol Ak­bay who heaped praises on his charges.

It is ac­tu­ally his strik­ers’ abil­ity to score that has given Ak­bay a bit of re­lief, as Ralph Matema and Nh­lanhla Ndlovu were on tar­get against Strik­ers.

“There were a lot of pos­i­tives from the Bor­der Strik­ers game be­cause we cre­ated lots of scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and I’m also happy with the way my strik­ers Matema, Ndlovu and Dube played. They po­si­tioned them­selves well and if they bring that pos­i­tive at­ti­tude into the Dy­namos game, I will be happy be­cause I want to win the game,” said Ak­bay.

His Dy­namos coun­ter­part Lloyd Mu­tasa re­fused to ride on their su­pe­rior form over Bosso since the first leg de­feat, say­ing they would work hard to en­sure they beat High­landers in front of their home fans.

“Ob­vi­ously this is a big game and be­lieve you me, it’s just dif­fer­ent from the rest of the matches be­cause of the ri­valry that ex­ists be­tween the two teams. As Dy­namos, we al­ways pre­pare to win and we’ve to train well to make sure that we come to Bu­l­awayo and get a pos­i­tive re­sult for the Dy­namos fam­ily,” said Mu­tasa.

Dy­namos will be mak­ing their last trip of the sea­son to Bu­l­awayo, hav­ing al­ready played Chicken Inn, Tsholot­sho, Bu­l­awayo City and How Mine.

From their four vis­its to Bu­l­awayo, DeMbare lost 0-3 to Chicken Inn, beat Tsholot­sho and Bu­l­awayo City by iden­ti­cal 1-0 score lines, and drew 0-0 against How Mine.

Ta­puwa Kap­ini

Erol Ak­bay

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