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Tall order for How Mine


PREMIERSHIP new boys How Mine say they face an uphill task when they take on league pacesetters Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium in a Castle Lager Premiership match on Sunday.


Former Bosso coach Philani Mabhena, now in charge of the league debutants, yesterday said it will not be an easy game for the gold miners against Highlanders in front of their home crowd at Emagumeni.

He, however, said he is confident that they could turn against the odds on Sunday.

“We have been preparing very well for that match and we are in the right frame of mind. Naturally we are very much aware that it’s an enormous task playing Highlanders in their backyard in front of their home crowd, but our confidence and fitness levels are well in place for that game,” Mabhena said.

Mabhena, who has also coached FC Platinum, said Sunday’s game, being a derby, belongs to their players and it is not the coaches’ game.

“It’s a match that belongs to the players and our role as coaches is just to give the guidelines,” Mabhena said.

Previously, he has said How Mine will be writing a piece of history playing Bosso at Barbourfields Stadium .

How Mine last week cruised past Buffaloes 2-0 at Luveve Stadium to sit on third spot on the log-standings, a game that boosted their confidence and a win against Highlanders on Sunday further enhances their hopes of remaining in the Premiership.

They travel to Harare for a date with police side Black Mambas at Morris Depot next Wednesday and face Chicken Inn back at Emagumeni on Saturday.

Bosso skipper Innocent Mapuranga said they are not reading much into who is at How Mine, but they will be playing their normal game. Highlanders have the chance of tearing away from title chasers FC Platinum whom they are neck-on-neck-on 20 points.

The Zvishavane-based outfit are away to former league champions Monomotapa at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow.

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