CASTLE Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) log leaders Highlanders make their first trip to Harare this season for a clash with high-flying new boys ZPC Kariba at Gwanzura Stadium on Sunday, the two sides being the only ones yet to taste defeat going into round seven of the programme.
Both sides are coming from a weekend of a harvest of goals. Last Sunday Highlanders drubbed Caps United 4-0 at Barbourfields Stadium while ZPC Kariba thrashed Triangle 5-1 away at Gibbo Stadium.
It’s definitely the game to watch on Sunday.
Bosso could be without head coach Kelvin Kaindu, who missed the Caps United match as he was scheduled to travel back from the United Kingdom where he went to graduate for a Uefa B Licence badge. His arrival date is not yet known.
That puts his assistant Mark “Duvillard” Mathe back on the driving seat on Sunday as Bosso fights to keep their place at the top of the PSL standings where they are at par on 12 points with unbeaten ZPC Kariba.
Despite his worries about injuries in camp, Mathe yesterday said they had been working hard to keep up the consistency and they have much respect for ZPC Kariba.
“I have been telling the boys that we beat Caps United convincingly on Sunday and every team that we are playing next would be putting an extra effort in terms of preparations to beat us. ZPC have done well coming from Division One and they have not lost games just like us. We respect (Saul) Chaminuka and his players, but we have our own intentions and we want to remain consistent,” Mathe said.
He said Milton Ncube, Bruce Kangwa and Rahman Kutsanzira were training fully with the rest of the team and they were waiting to be okayed by the doctor today while Mthulisi Maphosa and Gabriel Nyoni are still out injured.
Bosso played a different midfield set-up against Caps United that had Erick Mudzingwa, Welcome Ndiweni and Charles Sibanda while Kutsanzira and Kudakwashe Mahachi were wide on the wings with Ozias Zibande as central striker.
ZPC Kariba would be without skipper, veteran Pride Tafirenyika due to suspension after he picked up a third yellow card against Triangle and left-back Dexter Phiri, who was sent off in that game last Sunday.
“Suspensions are part of the game and football has to go on. We have to find replacements for them. We were looking forward to having Tafirenyika after he scored for us against Triangle. Our target is to survive relegation and we will have to fight to get something out of Sunday’s match. Highlanders will probably be under pressure. They have been consistent and been losing the championship on a goal difference.
“They are the ones that might talk about the championship. We just want to survive relegation,” Chaminuka said.
ZPC Kariba have in their books old horses Limited Chikafa, Caleb Masocha, Philip Makanje, Norman Togara, David Rediyoni and Tawanda Nyamandwe.