FORMER Highlanders head gaffer Kelvin Kaindu, who recently joined Triangle on a short-term deal as technical advisor — returns to Bulawayo when his new side takes on in-form Chicken Inn in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Hartsfield Rugby Grounds tomorrow.
The Tongaat Hullet-sponsored Triangle are in the relegation zone on position 13 with 30 points and are tied with Chapungu who have the same number of points on 12th. Tomorrow’s encounter could either increase or decrease their chances of survival.
Triangle brought in the services Kaindu — who quit Highlanders on September 28 — probably with the hope that his exploits which saw him finish twice as a runner-up and winning the Mbada Diamonds Cup with Bosso will rub off on them.
Triangle won their last match 2-1 against Caps United and would want to continue where they left off though they will face tough competition as Chicken Inn are coming from a victory.
Chicken Inn added more misery to the Highlanders camp beating them 1-0 at Hartsfield making it the fourth loss for the fallen giants.
The GameCocks coach Joey Antipas has expressed the team’s desire to finish in the top four which would qualify them for a place in the Mbada Diamonds Cup.
“We are eyeing it (top-four finish). You never know with football, but we just have to fight on,” he said.
Antipas’ side are not too far off the top four as they are now fifth on the log with 40 points while fourth-placed FC Platinum are only a point ahead of them. With four games to go before the end of the season, all the matches that remain are crucial for the teams as the championship and relegation races are still open.
Efforts to get a comment on the match from coach Biggie Zuze proved futile as earlier in the day he was not answering his mobile phone and later he asked Southern Eye to call him after two hours.
After Sunday’s match, Zuze said they were intensifying their fight against relegation following their 2-1 win against Caps United.
“This is a morale-booster as we are intensifying our fight against relegation,” he said.