HIGHLANDERS head coach Kelvin Kaindu says the friendly match against Caps United at Barbourfields Stadium (BF) this afternoon will allow him to give his new players game time as they prepare for the next home assignment against Monomotapa.
Highlanders’ form has slumped recently and this season they have lost five matches with 11 games remaining to wrap up the 2013 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) and have to start winning if they still nurse any hopes of winning the title, which they ceded to Dynamos last year on goal difference only.
This afternoon, they take advantage of the inaction in the PSL to take on Caps United, whom they have not beaten this season losing 2-1 in Harare on June 22 before playing a goalless draw on July 7 at BF.
“It is obvious that this game is going to keep us in shape and our new players will have more time to play,” Kaindu said.
Bosso signed striker Master Masitara and attacking midfielder Tinashe Chipunza from Botswana.
Masitara played when they lost 1-0 to Black Mambas at Morris Depot last Thursday and Chipunza played in a 1-1 friendly match against city rivals Chicken Inn on August 8 at BF.
Gabriel Nyoni makes a return after a six-month loan to Zifa Southern Region Division One side Bulawayo Chiefs.
From the junior ranks, Lucky Nyoni also featured for a few minutes against Chicken Inn.
“Lucky is doing well and is going to have his chance to play as well in tomorrow’s match,” Kaindu said.
Highlanders are on position three on the log with 34 points, a point behind second-placed Dynamos and four behind leaders Harare City.
That throws the race for the title wide open with the supercharged Green Machine following with 32 points.
Bosso will be without goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya, left-back Bruce Kangwa, midfielders Masimba Mambare, Milton Ncube and Peter “Rio” Moyo who are with the Warriors who played Zambia in an African Nations Championship second leg final qualifier in Ndola, Zambia.
The resurgent Green Machine under Taurai Mangwiro, assisted by Saul Chaminuka and Brenna Msiska, last lost a match 0-1 in May at the hands of league champions Dynamos.
They have not lost in their last eight outings, winning four times and playing four draws.
They have goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube and striker Dominic Chungwa with the Warriors and brought in Brian Mapfumo and Leonard Tsipa in mid-season.
They will host Tripple B in their next league match.