Highlanders will be banking on the team’s multitude of supporters as they eye their second silverware when they date Motor Action in the BancABC Sup8r Cup final at Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday.
Bosso beat Dynamos in a penalty shoot-out in April to lift the Independence Trophy and club secretary Andrew Tapela on Thursday urged the home fans to come in their thousands to support the team.
“It is the supporters who are going to win the match for us. Whether the chips are down we need to sing, dance and make noise for the entire 90 minutes for the boys. They must encourage the players through and through,” Tapela said.
The Bulawayo giants said despite losing to the Mighty Bulls in both league matches this season, tomorrow’s game was different.
“We have not beaten Motor Action this season, that is a fact. But it will be a different ball game altogether on Saturday. We will have the last laugh,” Tapela said.
However, statistics favour the defending league champions in tomorrow’s clash.
Motor Action beat Highlanders 2-0 in front of their home crowd before completing a double in Harare with a 1-0 win in the Castle Lager Premiership.
The last time the two teams met in a final, the Mighty Bulls prevailed over Bosso 2-0 at Barbourfields in 2005 in the Independence Cup.
Between 2006 and 2010 Highlanders have only managed to beat Motor Action twice in the league.
Motor Action chief of protocol Simeon Jamanda yesterday said his side was not intimidated by playing at Barbourfields.
“We are playing very well this year. We see no reason why we should not win the cup. We are not intimidated at all by their supporters. We have played at Barbourfields and won before. Playing at BF is like home to us because our boss (Eric Rosen) comes from Bulawayo. We are promising the best football. People must come and watch the match and witness why we are on top of the log,” Jamanda said.