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Bosso host Hwange

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Wounded Highlanders, fresh from suffering a 1-0 cup defeat to Harare giants Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday, entertain Hwange at Barbourfields Stadium in a league match on Wednesday afternoon.

But they should be wary of the coalminers, who will be out to complete a double after winning the reverse fixture 1-0 at the Colliery.

Bosso fell at the hands of DeMbare in the final of the Zaoga Golden Jubilee Charity Shield on Sunday and Wednesday they will be seeking vengeance as they host Hwange in a league match where a crucial three points lie at stake.

After four straight league victories, new Highlanders’ caretaker head coach Mkhuphali “Mr Cooper” Masuku finally succumbed to the Glamour Boys at the weekend.

Highlanders have won two away matches on the road and two at home since the resignation of Egyptian coach Mohamed Fathi last month.

In his first assignment, Masuku claimed the scalp of Gunners 2-1 in Harare before dismissing Shabanie Mine 1-0 at Luveve Stadium.

The Bulawayo giants then overcame Moses Chunga’s Caps United 1-0 at Barbourfields Stadium before beating hapless Lengthens 1-0 at Dzivaresekwa Stadium in the last league game.

Albeit the winning streak, the only interesting phenomena in Mr Cooper’s performance has been his lack of scoring prowess with his goals coming from midfielder Menard Mupera.

There has not been much of a change to the team that expatriate Fathi coached, except that the new man in charge has juggled players around putting them in what he calls ‘proper positions’.
Man of the moment at Highlanders is Joel “Josta” Ngodzo in midfield, who has a good working combination with central striker Francis Kanda, who played against Dynamos after a two-game suspension.

Kanda, who also can spring surprises for Highlanders, picked a red card for an off-the-ball-incident in the Shabanie Mine match.

Mr Cooper said: “Everything is in order. We are looking forward to the game. There is no easy game anymore. It is going to be a very tough game. Hwange is a very good side and our supporters should come in their numbers and support the team.”

Hwange who have been playing well so far will be out to collect three points away from home and Zambian coach Tennant Chilumba urged the Chipangano supporters to rally behind the boys.

In the last four matches, Hwange have dismissed Harare giants Dynamos 1-0 in the capital and Kiglon 3-2, they drew 1-1 with champions Gunners and shared the spoils with minnows Douglas Warriors with the same score line.

Chilumba said: “We have done well as a team. Last week we did not play and our preparations have been for this mid-week game. Everyone is focused on this match.

Our supporters should rally behind the boys and we are doing everything possible to get the three points. We as Hwange play fair play and we are hoping to give Highlanders a good game,” Chilumba said.

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