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HOW Mine who lost two league matches to High­landers, will be on a re­venge mis­sion when they face Bosso in a quar­ter-fi­nal match at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium to­mor­row.

The gold min­ers lost the two league en­coun­ters against Bosso with iden­ti­cal 2-0 score­lines, re­sults that How Mine coach Kelvin Kaindu feels were not a true re­flec­tion of how they played.

The gold­min­ers enjoyed su­pe­rior ball pos­ses­sion in both league en­coun­ters against the Bu­l­awayo gi­ants who pounced on How Mine’s mis­takes and hit them on counter at­tacks.

Foot­ball fans who will at­tend the quar­ter-fi­nal clash should brace for an in­ter­est­ing game as Kaindu and his How Mine side are ex­pected to throw every­thing at High­landers.

High­landers coach Erol Ak­bay told jour­nal­ists at his club’s Thurs­day press con­fer­ence that he is hop­ing their op­po­nents won’t be ul­tra-de­fen­sive but open play so that they go pound for pound.

Kaindu says he in­tends to make use of his team’s dom­i­nance to­mor­row which means the game will be open.

“In the pre­vi­ous league meet­ings which we lost by iden­ti­cal 2-0 score­lines we re­ally had an up­per hand in both en­coun­ters and com­ing into Sun­day’s game we’re hop­ing to en­joy the lion’s share of the ball and make use of it. We’ve been dis­cussing the mis­takes we made in the past games and every­one seems to be on the same page with re­gards to avoid­ing the past er­rors. What we’re pray­ing for is to get a pos­i­tive re­sult,” said Kaindu.

The Zam­bian ex­pa­tri­ate, who led High­landers to a ma­jor cup vic­tory in 2013 when they beat How Mine in the fi­nal of the Mbada Di­a­monds Cup will be hop­ing to beat Bosso in this game.

Kaindu hopes that the quar­tetquar­tetrtet of striker Ti­naashe Ti­nashe Makanda, at­tack­ing mid­field­eers mid­field­ers Toto Banda aand and Tim­o­thy Jan­uary as well as de­fender Praise Tonnha Tonha pass late fit­ness tests fol­low­ing knocks picked up last week.

“I think we’re lucky in the sense senses that we’ve been drawn home, mean­ing we’ve ana an ex­tra day to traain­train and as­sess some of the guys wi­ith with mi­nor knocks. Other­wise every­one else is rarin rar­ingng to go,” Kaindu said.

e bat­tle be­tween High­lander­sHigh­land ders and How Mine will be won and lost in theth he mid­field.

The team whose mid­field­erss mid­field­ers will set­tle first and man­age to dic­tate the pacep pace of the game will have bet­ter chances ofo of win­ning the match.

How Mine’s mid­field­ers fight­ing for places in the start­ing team are Zam­bian an­chor­man who hashash been their cor­ner­stone in that de de­part­mentepart­ment Mukundika Sakala, Them­bani i Ma­suku, Jan­uary, Banda, Tsepo Ran­thokoane,Ran nthokoane, Pasca Man­hanga, Adolf Mu Mu­gany­i­u­ganyi and Tawanda Mu­parati.

Makanda, God­frey Ngu­woodzawo Ngu­wodzawo and Kuda Musharu will lead their strike sttrike force.

On the other hand High­lannders’ High­landers’ will bank on goal­keeper Ariel Sibanda, de­fend­ers Peter Muduhwa and Tendai Ndlovvu, Ndlovu, stand-in skipp­per skip­per Erick Mudz­ingwa, Rah­maan Rah­man Kut­sanzira, Al­l­lan Al­lan Ga­hadzikwa and Si­mon Mu­nawa to contr con­trol­rol their mid­field, while Prince Dube annd and Nh­lanhla Ndlovu will willw lead their strikke strike force. Pre­dict­ing a tightly con­tested match andd and de­mand­ing max­i­mum con­cen­tra­tion from his charges, Ak­bay Ak­bayy said his sidesidee will be out

too avoid the dreaded penalty shootout.

The Dutch coach said the fact that they beat How Mine back-to-back in the league this sea­son counts for noth­ing go­ing into the cup game.

How Mine beat Dy­namos 5-4 on penal­ties and Ak­bay wants his boys to se­cure vic­tory in reg­u­la­tion time.

“In cup games, you get only one chance to win, that’s why you’ve to be more fo­cused. How Mine are very dif­fi­cult to beat. Every­one has a prob­lem beat­ing them. We beat them twice, but it was not an easy job and play­ing them now will be even tougher. If they play like Ngezi Platinum with 10 men be­hind the ball, it will be dif­fi­cult to cre­ate chances. I hope they (How Mine) will open the game and avoid penal­ties. I un­der­stand that be­ing de­fen­sive is part of foot­ball tac­tics, but I want us to win the game in 90 min­utes,” said Ak­bay. – @ZililoR

TSHOLOTSHO FC who are threat­ened with rel­e­ga­tion are de­ter­mined to go all the way to the fi­nals of Chibuku Su­per Cup hence the Zh­wane Boys are tak­ing to­day’s clash against Ngezi Platinum se­ri­ously.

They knocked out Harare gi­ants Caps United in the first round of the Cup a fort­night ago, beat­ing the Green Ma­chine 5-4 af­ter penalty shootouts at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium.

Lizwe Sweswe, Tsholotsho’s coach said his side is ready to spring an­other shocker and dump Ngezi Platinum out of the Chibuku Su­per Cup whose win­ners will pocket $75 000.

Los­ing fi­nal­ists will get $50 000 with teams that bow out of the tour­na­ment af­ter the week­end games each pock­et­ing $15 000. The los­ing semi-fi­nal­ists will each get $25 000.

“It’s a tough game be­cause this is the first of the two games we will play Ngezi Platinum within a week. Re­mem­ber our next league game is an­other visit to Ngezi Platinum and we just have to show char­ac­ter in both games. They’re a well spon­sored side but to­mor­row what mat­ters is the money at stake. This is a money game and we want to win this en­counter be­cause we’re a small team that doesn’t have sound spon­sor­ship. The boys are rar­ing to go and the op­por­tu­nity of play­ing in this cup is mo­ti­vat­ing them,” said Sweswe.

Tsholotsho, with noth­ing to lose should be wary of Ngezi Platinum who beat Hwange 3-1 in the first round get­ting their goals from Don­ald Te­guru and a brace by Ter­rence Dzuka­manja.

Tsholotsho who play as a unit will pin their hopes on util­ity player Zimise­leni Moyo, ex­cit­ing right back MacClive Phiri, striker Mostafa Pony­era, de­fender Thando Ncube and mid­fielder Ocient Ncube.

The platinum min­ers boast of a num­ber of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers like former na­tional team cen­tral de­fend­ers Pat­son Jaure and Lib­erty Chako­roma, mid­field­ers James Ngu­luve and Wal­ter Mukanga as well as striker Wash­ing­ton Pakamisa.

Mean­while, ZPC Kariba who knocked out Bu­l­awayo City in the first round will be at home against de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Harare City this af­ter­noon at Nyamhunga Sta­dium.

To­mor­row, FC Platinum trav­els to Gibbo Sta­dium to play against Tri­an­gle United while High­landers are away to How Mine at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium. — @ ZililoR

Erol Ak­bay Kelvin Kaindu

Zimise­leni Moyo Lizwe Sweswe

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