Rio, Fazo ruled out

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HIGHLANDERS man-of-the-moment central defender Dumisani “Fazo” Ndlovu and midfielder Peter “Rio” Moyo will miss Sunday’s crunch match against rivals Caps United at Barbourfields Stadium due to suspension.

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Fazo, the darling of the Highlanders supporters in the first half of the season — commanding a first-team place and impressing while partnering skipper Innocent Mapuranga — picked his up his first yellow card when Bosso lost 1-0 on April 13.

He was cautioned in the 1-0 win over Hwange at the Colliery and had his third yellow against Caps United at the close of the first half of the season when Bosso lost 1-2 to the Green Machine, making him ineligible for the Sunday tie.

Rio picked up his three yellow cards at home; the first in the 2-0 win against Harare City in April, his second in the 2-1 win over Black Mambas May and third in the 1-2 defeat to Chicken Inn last month.

Both players were pulled out of the BancABC Sup8r quarter-final that Bosso lost 3-1 to FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium last Saturday — Ndlovu in the 62nd minute due to injury (replaced by Eric Mudzingwa) while Moyo made way for the youthful Ozias Zibande in the 73rd minute.

Highlanders head coach Kelvin Kaindu yesterday said the two would be missed, but expressed confidence that their replacements would do well.

“We got the suspensions. We have received them. We will miss the two, but I believe that their replacements will do a good job. It is unfortunate for Fazo because he has been consistent. He had recovered from last week’s ankle injury,” Kaindu said.

Mudzingwa, who has been coming from the bench after recovering from a rib injury that sidelined him for some time, could be in the starting line-up on Sunday.

Bosso have suffered three straight defeats in their last matches and need nothing short of a win to maintain pole position on the log standings.

Their Harare counterparts will be without Tawanda Nyamandwe due to suspension.

In the other big match lined up for Bulawayo at Luveve on Saturday, How Mine will miss the services of central defender Gilbert Banda for the tie against Dynamos, who massacred them 3-0 in the reverse fixture in Harare.

Second-placed Chicken Inn, who will take on tricky Shabanie Mine at Luveve tomorrow, will be without Brian Juru, while the former asbestos miners will miss the services of defender Munyaradzi Kunyarimwe.

This weekend will have the highest number of players who have been suspended with 17 out of action.