HOW MINE ON REVENGE MISSION
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