HIGHLANDERS go into the first round of the $130 000 Mbada Diamonds Cup hit by injuries as they entertain Premier Soccer League newcomers Triangle at Barbourfields Stadium tomorrow.
The match will be screened live on Supersport 9 at 1500hrs.
The day’s proceedings will be opened by a clash between league debutants How Mine and Black Rhinos, starting at 1300hrs.
Highlanders speed merchant Bruce Kangwa and midfielders Peter “Rio” Moyo, Bhekimpilo Ncube and Heritein Masuku are nursing injuries ahead of the crucial tie, but head coach Kelvin Kaindu says the trio is under medical attention.
“We have injuries in our camp on Bruce Kangwa, Peter Moyo, Bhekimpilo Ncube and Heritein Masuku. I cannot say what the problems are, but the three are being monitored,” Kaindu said.
He, however, said Bosso was ready for Triangle despite the injuries.
“It is a cup game, so we know what is at stake. It is not a league game and one team has to progress. So we are taking it very seriously. The result will depend on the better team of the day and I do not want to say we will go through when we have not yet played,” he said.
Triangle coach Gishon Ntini said they were looking forward to a tough encounter.
“Our preparations for the game against Highlanders have gone on well. Limited Chikafa, Courage Denias and David Sengu were all injured, but they have recovered.
“It is going to be a very tough game because the match needs a winner. It is difficult to predict, but we are ready for the tussle. There is nothing impossible,” he said.
Ntini said they were not scared of facing Highlanders even though Bosso were playing at home.
“Highlanders have a slight advantage in that they will be playing at their home ground. But it is not the supporters who play. We will go all out in attack. We want to unsettle them as early as possible. We are like lions because we do not fear anything,” he said.
He said captain Tineyi Meda was the only player who is nursing an injury.
Highlanders have been success-starved, having last won the Independence Trophy in 2011.
How Mine assistant coach Simba Rusike said they were prepared to face the army side.
“We have just been preparing for the Mbada Cup just like any other team. We are just concentrating on making sure that we go past the first round. We do not have any injuries in camp,” he said.
Black Rhinos coach Arthur Tutani said they were geared up for the match.
“It is a very interesting game because they beat us 2-1 in Harare. Now we are playing them in the Mbada Cup. Then we will play them again in our next league match. What we want is to put up a brave fight. I know How Mine have senior and experienced players, but we have youngsters who will also want to rise to the occasion,” he said.
“We also want to win the trophy so we are not taking the game lightly.”