Can Chicken Inn be the first team to beat Highlanders this season?
This remains to be seen on Saturday when two Highlanders sons — Kelvin Kaindu and Adam Ndlovu — clash in a Castle Lager Premiership derby at Barbourfields Stadium.
Highlanders have been unstoppable in the league, going on an eight-match unbeaten run and meet the Drumstick Special Boys, who had their fine run curtailed, going on a three-match losing streak after having spent the first five weeks at the helm without suffering a defeat.
The rivalry between the two neighbours was witnessed last year in the first half of the season at Luveve Stadium in a match that was marred by violence, which Bosso won 2-1 on May 25.
On the day, Chicken Inn defender Frank Mvula had to be stretchered off the field and rushed to hospital after he was allegedly struck on the head with a stone by Highlanders supporters.
The fracas led to the delay of the second half by 22 minutes. Bosso came from behind to hand Chicken Inn their first defeat at home after the hosts had drawn first blood through Thomas Chimenya.
Highlanders got their two goals through midfielder-turned-central defender Eric Mudzingwa and Innocent Mapuranga. Interestingly, the two sides had met in Week 10 of the Premiership, just like they will do on Saturday.
Highlanders then hosted Chicken Inn on August 21 at Barbourfields Stadium where the two sides shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
More interestingly, coaches from either side — Highlanders’ Kelvin Kaindu and Adam “Adamski” Ndlovu — are former Bosso strikers, which will add flavour to Saturday’s clash.
Zambian national Kaindu played for Highlanders in 1997 while Adamski is a Bosso son who played for the Bulawayo giants after graduating from the juniors before moving abroad.
Midfielder Heritani Masuku, who last year was at Chicken Inn and played the two matches against Bosso, meets his former paymasters donning the black and white colours of Bosso.