We’re in the race to win: Muduhwa

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

HIGH­LANDERS’ player of the mo­ment Peter Muduhwa be­lieves his team’s next two league matches against Harare City at Ru­faro Sta­dium on Thurs­day and Ngezi Plat­inum Stars at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium on Sun­day are must­win en­coun­ters if they are to chal­lenge for the ti­tle.

Muduhwa, who has be­come the Bosso fans’ dar­ling for his con­sis­tent per­for­mances in de­fence, said they can­not af­ford to stut­ter if they are to take the cham­pi­onship fight to the wire.

High­landers and Harare City played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg and Muduhwa be­lieves the boys from the cap­i­tal hold the key to their ti­tle race.

“It’s not a se­cret that we are in the race to win. We want the cham­pi­onship and if we’re to keep that dream alive, we’ve to col­lect max­i­mum points against Harare City and Ngezi Plat­inum. The fo­cus now is on Thurs­day’s trip to Harare be­fore think­ing about Sun­day,” said Muduhwa.

“I also be­lieve this game comes at the right time when we’re back in form, but we ex­pect a tough game against Harare City. We’ll fight to get max­i­mum points at all costs”.

High­landers are third on the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship ta­ble with 41 points from 23 games and trail pace­set­ters FC Plat­inum by six points.

Bosso travel to Harare fol­low­ing three con­sec­u­tive league wins, in­clud­ing the fa­mous 2-1 vic­tory over old foes Dy­namos at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium just over a week ago. Prior to that, High­landers had claimed the scalps of How Mine and Bor­der Strik­ers, beat­ing them 2-1 and 2-0 re­spec­tively.

High­landers are also bub­bling with con­fi­dence fol­low­ing Sun­day’s 2-1 vic­tory against Mutare City Rovers in the first round of the Chibuku Su­per Cup.

Muduhwa and his bud­dies are aware that Harare City won’t hand them points on a sil­ver plat­ter.

The Sun­shine Boys are in sixth place with 32 points and their aim is to fin­ish the sea­son among the top eight.

Bosso should be wary of Harare City, who thrashed Bor­der Strik­ers 4-0 in the first round of the Chibuku Su­per Cup last Fri­day.

Log lead­ers FC Plat­inum travel to Beit­bridge for a date against ta­ble an­chors Bor­der Strik­ers hop­ing to avoid an em­bar­rass­ing de­feat against a side that looks des­tined for a re­turn to the First Di­vi­sion.

Strik­ers’ new coach Luke Ma­somere, who re­ceived a bap­tism of fire when his side was clob­bered 4-0 by Harare City, will be pray­ing that his charges put up an im­proved per­for­mance and spring a shocker against the cham­pi­onship hope­fuls.

Sec­ond-placed Caps United have a tricky away tie against ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga Sta­dium.

The Green Ma­chine have 46 points, just one be­hind FC Plat­inum, and should be at their best to snatch vic­tory at the ex­pense of ZPC Kariba.

There are three mid-week fix­tures for Bu­l­awayo, start­ing with to­mor­row’s Bu­l­awayo City-Tri­an­gle United en­counter set for Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium. On Thurs­day cham­pi­ons Chicken Inn play host to Mutare City Rovers at White City Sta­dium, while How Mine wel­come Hwange at Lu­veve Sta­dium.

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