Ak­bay wants sea­son dou­ble

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

HIGH­LANDERS con­tinue to set them­selves am­bi­tious tar­gets with the tech­ni­cal team yes­ter­day say­ing they were now eye­ing a league and cup dou­ble ahead of their Chibuku Su­per Cup first round duel with Mutare City at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium to­mor­row.

Bosso seem not per­turbed by threats from Mutare City who have pub­licly de­clared that they are com­ing to Bu­l­awayo for a dou­ble over Amahlolanyama. In­stead Bosso coach Erol Ak­bay said they were look­ing at three or four goals past the visi­tors.

“I want both (the cup and the league ti­tle), why both be­cause this cup tour­na­ment starts over the week­end while the league is still run­ning that means if you can take both then you have to take both and I have to,” said a con­fi­dent Ak­bay.

High­landers are six points be­hind lead­ers FC Plat­inum with seven matches be­fore the sea­son wraps up. High­landers have three away matches, to Harare City, Cha­pungu and FC Plat­inum while the Mid­lands side will go to Bor­der Strik­ers, Harare City, Cha­pungu and Tsholot­sho.

Mean­while, Ak­bay chose to be sar­cas­tic about Mutare City’s threats of a dou­ble when they come to Emagu­meni to­mor­row.

“Yes, of course, if you beat a big team two times that means you can do ev­ery­thing but what we have to do is fo­cus more on our game and we have to play very ef­fec­tively. In the last game against them we had a prob­lem with their two strik­ers and now we have two de­fend­ers who are do­ing very good things and I think there is no prob­lem this time. All that we have to do is to score three or four times,” said Ak­bay.

High­landers are likely to un­leash the same line-up that started against Dy­namos last Sun­day in­clud­ing Al­lan Ga­hadzikwa who seemed over­whelmed by the stage last week.

The for­mer Caps United mid­fielder strug­gled with the ball while his mark­ing was a disas­ter but on a good day, the for­mer Soc­cer Star of the Year fi­nal­ist can be a thorn in the flesh for many an op­po­si­tion.

The twin young strik­ers, Nh­lanhla Ndlovu and Prince Dube while not find­ing the tar­get last week, are ex­pected to once again lead the Bosso strike­force.

The Mutare de­fence needs to get a brief from Dy­namos’ Do­minic Mukandi on Dube mean­ness in that area.

With Ben­son Phiri still out in­jured, Tendai Ngu­lube will keep his right back po­si­tion while Hon­est Moyo takes care of busi­ness on the left.

“Ben­son is still out and we re­ally miss him but we have an equally good re­place­ment even though Tendai is more ef­fec­tive when at­tack­ing be­cause he is a nat­u­ral mid­fielder,” said Ak­bay.

Hard work­ing wing mid­fielder Rah­man Kut­sanzira and Si­mon Mu­nawa will op­er­ate from the wings with skip­per Erick Mudz­ingwa, who has never put a foot wrong since be­ing moved to the hold­ing mid­field role, once again ex­pected to lead from that area.

High­landers need to worry about Mutare City’s Ku­dak­washe Gu­rure and the stout Caleb Masocha who gave club cap­tain Felix Chin­dungwe anxious mo­ments in that 2-1 league win.

Vet­eran Rus­sel Madamombe is an­other player that the Bosso mid­field needs to keep an ea­gle’s eye on. He has the agility, the body and can pack boom­ing shots from out­side the box.

In the event of a stale­mate after 90 min­utes, the match will go straight into the dreaded shootouts.

“We have good goal­keep­ers, we are not wor­ried,” Ak­bay jok­ingly said when asked if they had prac­ticed shootouts.

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