Chingodza, Deco to miss Bulawayo derby


HIGHLANDERS right-back Webster Chingodza will miss the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League derby against Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo tomorrow due to suspension.


The influential defender who scored the solitary goal in the 1-0 win against Hwange in Match Day Three at BF, when Bosso strikers struggled to find the net, is out of tomorrow’s tie as he has accumulated three yellow cards.

The former Mwana Africa and Underhill defender, who joined Highlanders in the middle of the season last year and has settled in well at Bosso as the trusted right-back, picked up his first yellow card against Tsholotsho FC in his second match of the season.

He got his second in the goalless draw against Buffaloes at Sakubva Stadium in round four of the league before being cautioned in the last league match against Harare City on Sunday.

In his absence, Simon Munawa might be dropped to play in Chingodza’s position. Defender Teenage Hadebe is doubtful and his position in central defence is likely to be played by Erick Mudzingwa, who partners skipper Felix Chindungwe. This is a blow for Highlanders who have been forced to drop Bruce Kangwa to left-back after he started the season in attack.

Chicken Inn, who played their second draw against ZPC Kariba last Saturday, after five wins and one defeat, are without captain Danny “Deco” Phiri, who is on national duty with the Cosafa Cup team that leaves for South Africa today. Deco featured against ZPC Kariba having missed two matches after he was shown a red card against How Mine on April 25. The Warriors playmaker missed the 3-0 win over Dynamos in Harare and the goalless draw against Triangle at Luveve Stadium.


Today: Tsholotsho v Dongo Sawmill (White City)

Tomorrow: Chicken Inn v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Harare City v Hwange (Rufaro), Flame Lily v Buffaloes (Lafarge), Whawha v ZPC Kariba (Ascot)

Sunday: How Mine v Dynamos (Barbourfields), Caps United v Chapungu (NSS), FC Platinum v Triangle (Mandava)