Bosso brace for FCP en­counter

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HIGHLANDERS coach Madinda Ndlovu says his side is brac­ing for a tough bat­tle against cham­pi­ons FC Plat­inum in Zvisha­vane to­mor­row with­out a num­ber of key play­ers through in­jury and sus­pen­sion.

FC Plat­inum are yet to lose a Cas­tle Lager Premier­ship game at Man­dava Sta­dium this year, while Highlanders have also posted good re­sults on the road.

Bosso are fourth on the table with 29 points, 12 be­hind FC Plat­inum, who top the league table head­ing into the last round of games be­fore the mid-sea­son break.

Af­ter suf­fer­ing a shock 0-1 de­feat to Premier­ship debu­tants Bu­l­awayo Chiefs, Bosso will be hop­ing to re­cover against a side that edged Ngezi Plat­inum Stars 2-1 in their last game.

How­ever, Bosso will be with­out first choice goal­keeper Ariel Sibanda, de­fender An­drew Mbeba and mid­fielder Ben Musaka through sus­pen­sion, while mid­field king­pin Nigel Makumbe is il­leg­i­ble to play against his par­ent club.

Makumbe is on loan from FC Plat­inum and his ab­sence will be a huge blow for Bosso, as the mid­fielder has been vi­tal to their game plan.

The de­fen­sive trio of Hon­est Moyo, Peter Muduhwa and Tendai Ndlovu will un­dergo late fit­ness tests to be in con­tention for start­ing berths to­mor­row. Young striker, Thabo Lunga, has re­sumed train­ing and will also un­dergo a fit­ness test.

Coach Ndlovu is con­cerned that he can’t field a full­strength team ev­ery week largely due to in­juries.

“Play­ing a team like FC Plat­inum will be very dif­fi­cult with­out most reg­u­lar play­ers. It’s a game we have to play and we will try and sal­vage some­thing from FC Plat­inum. It will be a dif­fi­cult game, but we are go­ing to face them head on. We have done well this sea­son when play­ing against teams that play beau­ti­ful foot­ball like we do, so we hope to have another good day of foot­ball,” said Ndlovu. — @in­no­centski­zoe

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