WITH the Castle Lager Premier Soccer out of reach for the success-thirsty Highlanders, Bosso will seek to quench their desires in the Chibuku Super Cup, where they start off with a tough match against an equally success-longing Harare City at Mandava Stadium tomorrow.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
Highlanders have been on a downward spiral in the second half of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, losing five times in eight matches, with only one win and two draws, which has seen them tumble to 10th on the log table, 19 points behind leaders Dynamos.
One of the draws they have played in the second half was against Harare City, a side that also held them to another nil-all draw in the capital in May.
Bosso coach, Elroy Akbay says unlike the league played over 34 matches, the Chibuku Super Cup tournament is played over four matches, which bring a different challenge, but he pins his hopes on his team rediscovering its attacking form.
“We have to focus very hard. It is just four games that have to be played in the Chibuku Super Cup and the most important thing is that we should score goals. We will see what happens, but Harare City have never been easy. Their players are very tactical and skilful, but everyone is sharp in our camp,” he said.
Highlanders lost 1-0 to eventual winners Ngezi Platinum in the semi-final of the Chibuku Super Cup last year.
After going for four successive defeats in the league, Highlanders held Dynamos to a 1-1 draw at Rufaro in their last league match, which could be a big boost for their confidence going into the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup.
Veteran, Erick Mudzingwa bounces back from injury to join the likes of King Nadolo, Godfrey Makaruse, Rahman Kutsanzira and Gabriel Nyoni, as they plot Harare City’s downfall.
Harare City coach, Philani Ncube says his players are showing the zeal to go out and beat Highlanders.
He also wants the Chibuku Super Cup to revive their season, which has been a poor one to date, as they sit 14th on the league table with 28 points from 25 matches. The Sunshine City Boys were bundled out of the Chibuku Super Cup 3-0 in the semi-finals by FC Platinum at Mandava last year and seek better fortunes this time on.