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‘Bosso will bounce back’


AS the battle for the 2012 Castle Lager Premiership football honours continues, four-time championship-winning Highlanders’ captain Dazzy Kapenya believes Bosso will cruise past Black Mambas at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Report by Fortune Mbele Sports Reporter

Kapenya, who won the championship in the 1998-99 and 2000 seasons with Rahman Gumbo, then 2001 and 2002 with the late Eddie May, yesterday said the most important thing for Highlanders now was to forget about the 3-0 loss to Monomotapa at Rufaro Stadium last Saturday and focus on Mambas.

“We still have the same chances of winning the championship as Dynamos.

“Anything can happen and the title can go either way. We went on top after beating Hwange and Dynamos lost to Chicken Inn and now they are back on top after the weekend games. There are very few games remaining.

“We must not lose hope and we must forget the loss to Monomotapa.

“It’s high time that we won all the games that we play at home. I am very positive that we will win against Mambas on Sunday.

“Dynamos will come later, but we must concentrate on Mambas,” Kapenya said.

Kapenya played for Bosso from 1997 and was captain of the side from 2001 until he left in 2003 to join Sporting Lions.

Another Highlanders legend and former Warriors striker, Zenzo Moyo, who played for the Bulawayo giants from 1998 to 2000 and returned from an overseas career to win the championship with Methembe “Mayor” Ndlovu in 2006, also believes Highlanders will have the edge on relegation-haunted Black Mambas.

Moyo said the upcoming games would provide a test of character for the players and not coaches.

“It’s up to them (players). Who wants it (the championship) most will take it. The game against Mambas is a tricky game, make or break.
“I don’t have any doubt they will beat Mambas, but the supporters will also play a big role.

“It’s about character now and the players do not need the coach. They have to continue to win if they want to be part of history,” Moyo said.

Another yesteryear Bosso legend, former dribbling wizard Tanny Banda, who clinched the title with Roy Barreto in 1990, said Black Mambas, who are fighting relegation, had improved their game since since the season started and would not be easy to beat on Sunday.

Banda, however, said the race for the title was still open and the game between Highlanders and Dynamos in Harare would decide the championship.
“Black Mambas have improved and they may play for a draw if Highlanders do not win 2-1.

“They may draw if they play the way they played against Monomotapa.

“But the race is still open and it’s the last two games that will decide the championship if the two teams keep on winning,” Banda said.

Dynamos, who have leapt back to the top of the log standings with 55 points after beating Shabanie Mine 4-1 at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday and lead Bosso by two points with six matches remaining, also have a tricky away encounter against Hwange at the Colliery on Sunday.

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