LEAGUE pacesetters Highlanders assistant coach Bekithemba Ndlovu is worried the two-week Premiership break might affect Bosso’s rhythm in the campaign.
Report by Fortune Mbele
The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) took a break for a fortnight after the Warriors went into camp on Monday in preparation for the dead rubber World Cup qualifier against Egypt on Sunday in Harare. The national team will be play Guinea the following weekend.
Ndlovu feels the rest could make his boys relax ahead of the coming games after going through a fine run in the last three matches that have seen Bosso open a four-point lead on the log standings with 29 points.
After the break, Highlanders will engage Chicken Inn in yet another Bulawayo derby before facing Caps United in Harare to round off the first half of the season.
“Sometimes these breaks are not good. The boys tend to relax during breaks. But we will be training during the break and trying to work on the shortcomings that emerged in the last few games,” Ndlovu said.
Another break in the PSL is imminent with the 2013 Cosafa Senior Challenge to be hosted by Zambia from July 6-20, but that will depend on how many players will be called up for national duty.
The PSL and Zifa are yet to discuss the programme for the Warriors.
While Highlanders will not be taking any break, teams like Harare City and Tripple B, who have travelled the length and breadth of the country, have given their players a week off to “recharge their batteries”.
Following the goalless draw with FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium, Zvishavane, on May 5 and losing 1-2 to Premiership new boys How Mine on May 19 at Barbourfields (BF), Highlanders have returned to their winning ways with three successive victories that have given them a comfortable lead, two matches before the curtain comes down on the first half of the season.
Bosso clobbered troublesome Monomotapa 5-2 on May 23 in Harare, their first win over the club in Harare since 2008.
Highlanders then beat Black Mambas 2-1 at BF on May 26 before the 1-0 win over Hwange at the Colliery. They have posted good results playing away from home.
Their next game could be one of their toughest matches in the second half of the season as they entertain Chicken Inn at BF.
They shared the spoils with Chicken Inn in both league games last year and this year they have already lost two matches at Emagumeni, with 0-1 scorelines to Motor Action and How Mine.
After getting off to a good start in the season, things have turned around for Premiership new boys How Mine, as they have lost the last three games.
How Mine have, however, remained on position six on the log table and it is that good start to the season which could ensure another dance in the Premiership next year.
The Philani Mabhena-coached side will entertain troubled Triangle before travelling to league champions Dynamos after the break.