A FIGHT FOR SUR­VIVAL, GLORY Ev­ery­thing at stake for Tsholot­sho, Bosso

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

HIGH­LANDERS and Tsholot­sho FC have all to play for when they clash in a Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship match at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium to­mor­row.

Bosso will be seek­ing a win to re­main in con­tention for their first ti­tle in 10 years, while Tsholostho are des­per­ate to move away from the sec­ond rel­e­ga­tion slot.

High­landers are sec­ond on the league ta­ble with 53 points from 27 games and need to win to­mor­row’s en­counter at all costs to keep pres­sure on lead­ers Caps, who face Harare City at Ru­faro Sta­dium at the same time. Caps lead the league ta­ble with 54 points.

Bosso also go into to­mor­row’s match hop­ing to stretch their win­ning streak in the league to eight con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries. Coach Erol Ak­bay em­pha­sised on the need to col­lect max­i­mum points against Tsholot­sho.

“We’ve got a tricky week­end game in the sense that Tsholot­sho are fight­ing for sur­vival and will want to make life dif­fi­cult for us. We’re also look­ing at win­ning the cham­pi­onship, which re­quires us to win all our re­main­ing three games. What I want is for my boys to play good foot­ball which will get us max­i­mum points.”

High­landers are likely to play this en­counter with­out de­fender Peter Muduhwa, as they are “rest­ing” him for the FC Plat­inum game in Zvisha­vane the fol­low­ing week­end.

Ak­bay said he is in a dilemma whether to leave Muduhwa, who is one yel­low card away from be­ing sus­pended or field him.

“I’m con­fused whether to leave Peter out for this game be­cause I need him more for the FC Plat­inum game and at the same time we also need his ser­vices for the Tsholot­sho game. It’s a tricky sit­u­a­tion and we will make a de­ci­sion after to­mor­row’s train­ing. If we de­cide to leave him out, I know we’ve got equally good cover in de­fence,” said Ak­bay.

Muduhwa has formed a for­mi­da­ble cen­tral de­fen­sive part­ner­ship with Tendai Ndlovu and should the coach de­cide to rest him for to­mor­row’s game, cap­tain Felix Chin­dungwe will be thrown into the fray.

Tsholot­sho coach Lizwe Sweswe said they will not be cowed by High­landers as they want to sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion. He is con­fi­dent his play­ers will rise to the oc­ca­sion and match Bosso in ev­ery depart­ment on the pitch.

“We’re go­ing for max­i­mum points. We’re not un­der any pres­sure and I feel they’re the ones who are feel­ing the heat. We’re com­ing to en­joy our game and what I know is that it’s matches like th­ese that my play­ers like to shine. Such matches against strong op­po­si­tion where we’ve been counted out are the ones that give us strength. If they think they are go­ing to cruise past us, then they’re mis­taken be­cause I know my play­ers will rise to the oc­ca­sion and will want to make a name for them­selves from such a game,” Sweswe said.

Mean­while, How Mine and Chicken Inn clash in a Bu­l­awayo derby at Lu­veve Sta­dium on Sun­day, while Bu­l­awayo City will be home to ZPC Kariba at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium. — @ZililoR

Lizwe Sweswe Erol Ak­bay

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