HIGHLANDERS coach Kelvin Kaindu is aware of a potential banana skin when they continue their onslaught on the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League this afternoon hosting troubled log anchors Harare City at Barbourfields Stadium.
After beating City 2-0 in the first match at home, Highlanders crumbled 0-4 in the reverse fixture in the capital which effectively put a stop to their championship bid.
Highlanders have picked up 13 points from their opening seven games of the season and two weeks back drew 1-1 with ZPC Kariba at Gwanzura Stadium while their opponents for this afternoon have a paltry three points from seven games.
But Kaindu is still a cautious man.
“The progress at training has been well. Most of the guys that were injured are back at training except for Mthulisi (Maphosa) and Gabriel (Nyoni). Every game that we play is important and we are not taking anything away fr Harare City. They are always a problem when we play them and they made so much damage on us last year. They have got motivation from the win in their last game,” Kaindu said.
Highlanders will be banking on striker Ozias Zibande, who has been scoring the important goals for Bosso as well as Kuda Mahachi, Charles Sibanda and new Ajax Cape Town signing, Milton Ncube, with the evergreen Erick Mudzingwa marshaling the midfield.
Welcome Ndiweni has also been having a good game of late.
City coach Bigboy Mawiwi’s stay at Harare City has been questioned in the past weeks, but he will definitely be riding on the win against Triangle.
“It is a very tough assignment as we are coming from picking up our first win and we meet a big club like Highlanders, who are on top of their game. It is a worry for us and there are no easy games in the league. But all the same we have the same philosophy and what we want to do is win. Everything is good in camp. We are one happy family,” Mawiwi said.
City have Martin Vengesayi, William Manondo, Misheck Mburayi, Nathan Ziwini, Crybert Muvuti, Arnold Chivheya and David Kutyauripo in their squad.
They have picked up a paltry three points from seven outings, not a good feat for Mawiwi who was crowned the Castle Lager coach of the year last season after his side finished third on the log, tied on points with champions Dynamos and runners-up Highlanders.
Things have not been rosy of late at City with outspoken chairman Leslie Gwindi still reportedly clinging to power despite being booted out last week. Gwindi has reportedly been replaced by Alois Masepe.
Mawiwi has been asked to bring in new assistants, meaning David George would soon bite the dust.
Today: Shabanie Mine v Chiredzi (Maglas SS9), Highlanders v Harare City (Barbourfields)