Buoyed by two wins in their last two matches in league and cup competitions, Highlanders visit Hwange today, full of confidence that they can continue their fine run which could help lift them from the bottom half of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League table.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
Bosso have made an improvement, picking up 10 points in their last five matches, before they dispatched FC Platinum in the EasyCall Cup quarter-final at Mandava Stadium at the weekend.
Mandava has not been an easy place to go and the result on Sunday would have further instilled confidence in Bosso players.
Hwange are on position six on the log table with 38 points, while Highlanders, eyeing a top-eight finish, are on 35 points and a win at the Colliery will see them edge closer to achieving that feat with three games remaining.
Coach Amini Soma-Phiri and technical adviser Cosmas “Tsano” Zulu, who took over from Bongani Mafu in September, lost their first game to Harare City away and have only lost twice with the other defeat coming against Caps United (3-1) at the National Sports Stadium on September 27.
Of the six matches they have been in charge, Soma-Phiri and Zulu have posted three wins at BF against Buffaloes, Dongo Sawmill and Flame Lily, drawn 1-1 against Chapungu at Ascot in Gweru and lost to the Green Machine and Harare City.
They head to the Colliery without midfielder Nqobizitha Masuku, who is suspended after accumulating three yellow cards.
Knox Mutizwa, with 12 goals in the league, will be looking forward to increase his tally as he eyes the Golden Boot award under challenge from Chicken Inn gunman Edmore Chirambadare, who has scored 11.
Chirambadare will be looking to add to his tally as well as his side faces Tsholotsho at White City today.
Hwange have not been easy to beat in their backyard. In the last five matches, they have won three times against Buffaloes and Dongo Sawmill (away), Chapungu (home) and lost two at home to Caps United and Tsholotsho.
The coalminers, coached by Nation Dube, lost 3-1 to Caps United in the quarter-final of the Easycall Cup at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday.
They have in camp the likes of Aleck Marime, Rodwell Chinyengere, Newman Sianchali, Pritchard Mpelele and veterans David Boriwondo and Gilbert Zulu plus Young Warriors goalkeeper Takabva Mawaya.