HIGHLANDERS got off to a false start in the 2015 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) with a 0-2 defeat to ZPC Kariba at Gwanzura Stadium on Saturday as they prepare for high-riding new boys Tsholotsho FC in their second game at the weekend.
Tsholotsho FC got off to a flying start last Friday with a 1-0 shocker over Harare City at Rufaro Stadium with the only goal of the game scored by Simbarashe Gorogodyo 13 minutes before the final whistle for the first goal of the 2015 season.
That should be sending shivers down giants Highlanders family’ spines. Bosso will be away once again at the weekend to the rural boys although playing at Barbourfields Stadium.
Highlanders head coach Bongani Mafu blamed his charges for panicking after the first goal, but said despite the defeat to ZPC Kariba in the first match he felt his players have what it takes for the 2015 campaign.
Bosso were unfortunate to concede the penalty as the ZPC Kariba striker had lost the ball and fell in a 50-50 challenge.
A tall order awaits Bosso at the weekend against Tsholotsho who travelled close to 600km to beat Harare City last Friday at Rufaro Stadium.
Mafu watched Tsholotsho before his side lost to ZPC Kariba the following day.
“We need to go out and overcome against Tsholotsho, but they are a good side. I watched them on Friday. They play fast attacking football and they are solid at the back,” Mafu said.
Tsholotsho FC gaffer Lizwe Sweswe, who carries a squad of green players who have not played in the PSL before is, however, not bragging about the win against Harare City.
“We will not be carried away by that win. This is a race and we are building and growing. It was good that we got three points away from home. There is still a lot to learn and we are doing just that. We played a big club last Friday and this weekend we are playing another giant and that is how we are going to get the experience. That will make us strong,” Sweswe said.
After Bosso, Tsholotsho would be in for another tough encounter against Chicken Inn away at Luveve Stadium while Bosso will be home to Hwange in their third encounter on Good Friday.