Castle Lager Premiership title contenders Chicken Inn are not underrating injury-hit new boys Harare City when the two sides meet in a league match at Luveve Stadium today.
Head coach Adam “Adamski” Ndlovu said today’s match would not be an easy game as he fights for a top-eight finish in the 2012 season.
“My attitude has not changed from the beginning. Our aim is a top-eight finish but anything better than that will be a bonus for us. We want to continue winning and maintain our fighting spirit. We are taking each game as it comes and know that when you are in football you always aim high.
“Harare City are a good side and we expecting a good game. It is not going to be easy though. The boys are ready for the match,” Ndlovu said.
Moodley Njeleza from Division One side Bantu Rovers could make his debut for Chicken Inn with Ntokozo Tshuma, playing his second game after featuring in the reverse fixture against Harare City in the capital.
Chicken Inn are without midfielder Danny “Deco” Phiri and Thabani Goredema due to suspension but boast of other quality players in Tendai Ndoro, Tendai Mukambi, Thomas Chimenya, Evans Chikwaikwai and left linkman Kudakwashe Mahachi.
Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi said the Harare Municipality side was not under any pressure. He was however worried about injuries bedeviling his side saying they would miss captain Willard Kalongonda, who would not be travelling with the team after sustaining an injury while playing for the Under-20 Young Warriors against Angola in the Youth Championship qualifiers in Harare last week.
Mawiwi said his first choice goalkeeper Peter Johns also had to pass a late fitness test ahead of today’s clash with the GameCox.
“We are just praying to continue playing good football and we do not have any pressure at all. We are just enjoying our good football. But we will definitely miss our captain Kalongonda who got injured during the Young Warriors match and he is not travelling with the team. Johns our goalkeeper will also have to pass a late fitness test after he was injured when we played Shabanie Mine,” Mawiwi said.
In another match, Monomotapa are at home to Motor Action while Black Mambas, also struggling with several suspended players, should have no problems in dismissing troubled Blue Rangers at Morris Depot.