Muduhwa de­bate Bosso dis­cuss de­fender for Tsholot­sho tie

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

HIGH­LANDERS’ star de­fender Peter Muduhwa could miss the clash against Tsholot­sho at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium on Satur­day to pre­vent him from ac­cu­mu­lat­ing a third cau­tion that will make him in­el­i­gi­ble for the block­buster tie against FC Plat­inum the fol­low­ing week­end.

Muduhwa, whose form in the last two games has wor­ried the tech­ni­cal bench led by Erol Ak­bay, got his se­cond yel­low card in their 3-1 win over Bu­l­awayo City.

While most fans at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium thought ref­eree Mun­yaradzi Ma­joni had flashed his card to skip­per Erick Mudz­ingwa, Chron­i­cle Sport can con­firm that the book­ing was, in fact, for Muduhwa, who felled a City player, giv­ing away a penalty in the process.

“The yel­low card was given to Muduhwa, not Mudz­ingwa,” said one of the match of­fi­cials who were in charge of the game.

On Sun­day, Muduhwa han­dled a harm­less shot inside the box to give away a penalty to Ngezi Plat­inum Stars in a Chibuku Su­per Cup semi-fi­nal clash at the same venue. The spot kick was sub­se­quently con­verted and High­landers were booted out of the tour­na­ment on a 1-0 score line.

With High­landers tak­ing on FC Plat­inum at Man­dava Sta­dium in Zvisha­vane after this week­end’s clash, there are gen­uine fears that it might be risky to field Muduhwa against Tsholot­sho on Satur­day.

“Noth­ing has been de­cided yet, as we are still dis­cussing as the tech­ni­cal bench, al­though we are all agreed that it’s a tricky sit­u­a­tion for us and in­deed him. We might or might not rest him on Satur­day,” said Ak­bay.

Bosso have able re­place­ments for Muduhwa, es­pe­cially against Tsholot­sho, as Mudz­ingwa could drop from the an­chor­man’s role to part­ner Tendai Ndlovu in cen­tral de­fence. The ex­pe­ri­enced Felix Chin­dungwe, who had been dis­placed by Muduhwa, could also be as­signed to cen­tral de­fence.

Mean­while, three play­ers are sus­pended for this week­end’s Pre­mier­ship games, as the clock winds down on the 2016 sea­son.

Ve t e r a n Hwange striker Gi l b e r t Zulu, Tr i ang l e Un i t e d ’ s Ha r d l i f e Ma v u n d i and Zibu­siso Sibanda of Bu­l­awayo City will all miss their teams’ matches for ac­cu­mu­lat­ing three yel­low cards.

Hwange are on the road to Mhon­doro for a clash against Ngezi Plat­inum Stars on Satur­day, while Tri­an­gle United wel­come rel­e­gated Bor­der Strik­ers to Gibbo Sta­dium on Sun­day and Bu­l­awayo City play host to ZPC Kariba at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium on the same day. — @skhu­moyo2000

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