HIGHLANDERS midfielder Mthulisi Maphosa believes the Premier Soccer League game against Black Mambas on Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium is important as the championship race gets into full gear this weekend.
Report by Fortune Mbele Sports Reporter
Maphosa, a championship-winning captain with Monomotapa in 2008 before taking part in the 2009 Caf Champions League, yesterday said his colleagues should not look much into their next match against defending champions Dynamos in Harare, but focus on Mambas.
The lanky midfielder, however, said that it had been long since the championship came to Bulawayo and it was high time the boys brought joy to Bosso fans, who have been behind them since the season started.
“We can talk and talk and have wishes, but from day one, we have been pushing hard. On Saturday, Monomotapa got those three chances and they scored, but we could have scored seven goals from the chances that we created. I remember at some stage we had 11 corner kicks in the first half, but nothing came out. It was not our day.
“I believe that with the team that we have, considering that we only met this year, we have all it takes. It has been long since Bulawayo won the championship and I am saying at least the championship should come to the people that have been supporting us from day one this year.
“We are pushing hard at training and I am saying guys we should not be looking at the Dynamos match, otherwise that match will be a dead rubber. Mambas are not a team to brush aside. But at the same time, BF is our favourite hunting ground, but we should not be counting our eggs before they are hatched,” Maphosa said.
The John “Toto” Ncube-coached Mambas have been playing well in the second half of the season as they seek to survive relegation from top flight football. On Wednesday, they dispatched Hwange 2-0 at Morris Depot.
Maphosa said it was important for Highlanders to take each game as it came.
“We have to take each game as it comes and the rest will also come in that order,” Maphosa said.
Maphosa captained Monomotapa to the title in 2008 and took part in the Caf Champions League the following year only to be bundled out in the group stages following a home 2-0 defeat to Democratic Republic of Congo’s T.P. Mazembe, a club that he later joined with Daniel Zokoto and Darryl Nyandoro.
He returned home and had a brief spell with FC Platinum before joining Highlanders where he has been the defensive linkman playing behind Peter “Rio” Moyo and attacking midfielders Milton Ncube and Masimba Mambare.
Bosso are in a championship duel with Dynamos who lead the pack with 55 points, two ahead of Bosso and they also have a tricky game on Sunday against troubled Hwange at the Colliery.