Highlanders face Jomo Cosmos


Premiership side Highlanders will play South African club Jomo Cosmos in Johannesburg on July 25 as part of an awareness programme on the xenophobic attacks that took place in that country last year.
The club is awaiting clearance from the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), the supreme sports body.
Club secretary general Andrew Tapela confirmed the trip yesterday.
“We are just waiting for clearance from the SRC as we have written to them through both the Premier Soccer League and Zifa,” he said.
While the trip will further congest their fixtures programme — as Bosso will be involved in midweek fixtures —Tapela said it was for a worthy cause.
Themba Ndlela, the club’s executive chairman, said the purpose of the trip was to take part in the awareness programme on the xenophobic attacks amid reports that fresh attacks could emerge after the World Cup which ends on Sunday.
“People in the modern world should live harmoniously and soccer is one tool that could be used to spread that message.
“Highlanders are also going there to market the brand which is the team. It’s an opportunity to advertise the club and expose our players and at the same time try to open new avenues by coming up with twinning relations with clubs there, which could help our players move to South Africa and abroad.
“During this particular match, we will be fund-raising for victims of the xenophobic attacks. We understand proceeds will go towards the rehabilitation of the victims,” Ndlela said on the club’s official website.