Felix confident


HIGHLANDERS midfielder Felix Chindungwe seems to have struck the right chord at the right time.


The former Chicken Inn captain who joined Highlanders at the beginning of the season has been outstanding of late and has even scored for the Bulawayo side.

Even when he has not scored, Chindungwe has been instrumental in the defensive link role after being converted from a defender by coach Kelvin Kaindu.

As the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League championship battle continues with Highlanders taking on Harare City at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday, Bosso will not only be banking on him, but on Joel Ngodzo, Charles Sibanda, Pasca Manhanga, Rahman Kutsanzira and captain Ariel Sibanda for inspiration as they fight for the coveted title.

Chindungwe has been on form of late despite having had a bad start for Highlanders and sitting out some of the games in the early stages of the season.

However, fortunes seem to have changed for him as he grabbed an early goal in the One Wallet Cup quarter-final tie against How Mine in Gweru in July although Bosso went on to lose 3-4 on penalties.

Chindungwe scored the consolation goal in the 1-4 humiliation to Dynamos in the final of the TM Challenge Cup before he was on target when Highlanders beat How Mine 3-1 on Sunday to advance to the Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals.

Southern Eye Sport spoke to the defensive linkman about his performance so far and his thoughts about the upcoming league match.

“We want to concentrate on the league game against Harare City. We are taking the match very seriously because Harare City have been playing very well. We need to work hard so that we can win the match,” he said.

“Dynamos lead by three points so the Harare City match is a must-win for us. We need to work hard and be united so that we get good results.

“The championship race is still wide open. But we need to concentrate on our upcoming games and get positive results, and not concentrate on other teams. We hope everything will go well because we want to win the championship. We want the championship to come to Bulawayo,” he added.

Chindungwe said the technical team, hard work and his teammates are behind his good form.

“I am very confident now because I have been getting a lot of support from the coaches and my teammates. I listen to the coaches’ instructions and it is also about teamwork. I am happy that I have received game time that has brought back my confidence,” he said.

As Highlanders travel to Harare, leaders Dynamos will make the trip to Mandava Stadium on Saturday to face FC Platinum.

Now under Norman Mapeza, they have won their last two cup games, the ZNA Charity Shield final and stormed into the last four of the Chibuku Super Cup, ironically against Caps United on both occasions. But they are yet to win a league match at home, having lost to Highlanders 0-1.

They beat Black Rhinos 1-0 in Mapeza’s first league match, but then lost 0-2 to Triangle at Gibbo Stadium.

For Mapeza, beating Dynamos at home this Saturday, will ensure his full integration into the Pure Platinum Play hard-to-please family or their season will just come to an end.