The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business -

BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Septem­ber 8, 1991 — Fit­ness prob­lems could be the big­gest draw­back for trou­bled Zim­babwe Saints in their clash with archri­vals and hold­ers High­landers in a Zifa Cup first leg quar­ter-fi­nal soc­cer match at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium to­mor­row.

Saints, be­set with in­ter­nal squab­blings, were last in ac­tion on Au­gust 17 when they whipped lower divi­sion team DMB Nor­ton 4-0 in the sec­ond round of the same com­pe­ti­tion at Bar­bour­fields. After this vic­tory the scene at Saints shifted from the field to the board­room where sup­port­ers have tried to oust the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee led by Maxwell Kut­sanzira for its poor per­for­mance this sea­son. The once mighty team has sunk to the bot­tom of the 12-team Su­per League log.

This apart, to­mor­row’s match will be a test for ei­ther team. High­landers on their part have not shown any of their usual sparkle as cup con­tenders.

If High­landers’ show­ing in their last two league en­coun­ters which, ef­fec­tively buried any hopes they may have en­ter­tained of re­tain­ing the league cham­pi­onship is any­thing to go by, then to­mor­row’s en­counter should be a closely fought match.

The Bu­l­awayo “war­riors’’ had their tails between their legs after be­ing shocked 0-1 by rel­e­ga­tion­haunted Dar­ryn T in their own home ground a fort­night ago. Last Sun­day, High­landers were on the re­ceiv­ing end again, this time at the hands of Black Rhi­nos at Rud­haka Sta­dium. They lost 1-2.

High­landers will be hop­ing that key play­ers — mid­fielder Wil­lard Mashinkila-Khu­malo and striker Madinda Ndlovu — will be back in ac­tion after miss­ing the team’s last matches be­cause of in­juries.

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