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Troubled Highlanders entertain FC Victoria

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Troubled Highlanders, yet to win in five games in the Premiership, entertain Masvingo-based FC Victoria in a league match at Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon.

Highlanders last week were beaten 1-0 by Kiglon Bird in Harare and have since dropped to an uncomfortable position on the log-standings.

Bosso have slid down to position 11 on the table from number eight a fortnight ago, not good results for coach Mohamed Fathi as they now trail log leaders Motor Action by 20 points.

Before losing to Kiglon Highlanders conceded another 3-2 defeat to pacesetters Motor Action and before that the Bulawayo giants had played three consecutive goalless draws to Eagles in Harare, city rivals and equally struggling Bantu Rovers at Barbourfields and Monomotapa in the capital.

Their last win was when they beat Shooting Stars 1-0 at Barbourfields, courtesy of a goal by former Highway striker Takunda Mapara, his first in the black and white strip.

However, Highlanders secretary Andrew Tapela believes his side goes into this afternoon’s clash with a positive mind.

“We just have to keep on fighting, eventually the results will come. We must have a positive mind about everything,” Tapela said.

The Highlanders’ spokesperson said the problems at Highlanders at this juncture called for every member and supporter’s cooperation.

“We want to re-iterate that is not a problem for the players, neither is it the executive nor the technical team but for the entire Highlanders family to believe in ourselves and the institution.

“Everything will be okay as long as we rally behind the team collectively until we achieve what we want, that is to bring back the greatness and the glory days of the club,” Tapela said.

In today’s tie Highlanders will be without the services of captain Gilbert Banda and his deputy Zephania who are in camp with national team.

Also not available, Bosso’s current playmaker Eric Mudzingwa who is with the Warriors.

Tapela said despite the trio’s absence, the technical team has competent alternatives.

“The technical department has got able replacements who will stand up to it. We have enough depth. FC Victoria must not read too much into our past. They might end up regretting that,” Tapela said.

FC Victoria lie on position two from the bottom of the log above Bantu Rovers having played 13 games, won only two, drew three and lost eight games.

They come into today’s match seeking to redeem themselves against the Bulawayo giants. Things have not been rosy for FC Victoria, who have also not a won a match in their last five games.

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