Hwange FC coach Tennant Chilumba has declared that they will beat Highlanders in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at the Colliery on Sunday after dropping two crucial points against Zimbabwe Saints last Saturday.
Chipangano were unlucky not to walk away with three points after they took the lead through Gilbert Zulu in the first half, but Saints pulled one back through Evans Rusike with only three minutes left before the end of the game at White City Stadium.
Highlanders will want to win the match after they were held to a goalless draw by Kiglon at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday days after they were held to a goalless draw by the same side in Harare. Chilumba yesterday told NewsDay Sport that they were gearing up for the match against Bosso.
“Our preparations for the game against Highlanders are going on well. We are looking forward to the game and we are very focused. It will be an interesting game because both teams will want to win after dropping two points in the last games. It’s a must-win for us,” he said.
Chipangano welcome back goalkeeper Timothy Sibanda who missed the game against Zimbabwe Saints through injury.
Highlanders coach Mkhupali Masuku said they are looking forward to the game against Hwange.
“We are preparing for the match against Hwange. Eric Mudzingwa is still under assessment. There are three points to play for,” he said.
Highlanders have to be on the lookout for top striker Zulu who can punish them if he is not closely monitored.
Zulu is likely to get assistance from Rodwell Chinyengetere while Francisco Zvikumbawire is another option for Chilumba upfront. Chipangano’s strikeforce will hope to capitalise on any slip-ups by Highlanders defenders Innocent Mapuranga, Lawson Nkomo, Gift Lunga, inspirational captain Gilbert Banda. Arial Sibanda is likely to be in goals for Highlanders.
Andrew Chuma, captain Gerald Ndlovu, Munyaradzi Mungadze and Aaron Katebe have to be firm in defence to thwart attacks from the Highlanders strikeforce, which has former Caps United forward Vincent Nzombe and Njabulo “Tshiki” Ncube.
Nzombe and Ncube missed several chances against Kiglon and they will be expected to make amends by utilising chances that come their way.
Midfielder Kennedy Kashema who broke the hearts of Highlanders fans by scoring the solitary goal when the two sides clashed at Barbourfields Stadium in the first encounter will fancy scoring against the Bulawayo side.
Kashema, Nkosana Siwela and Winston Mhango will contend with Arnold “Majaivana” Tshuma, Louis Matawu and Rahman Kutsanzira in the middle of the park while Simon Munawa could be thrown in as the anchorman.
Hwange have also been boosted by the return of former University of Pretoria and Bidvest Wits defender Obert Moyo who got his reverse international clearance last week.