HIGHLANDERS coach Baltemar Brito believes winning the next round of the Chibuku Super Cup will bolster his lads’ confidence in their quest to grab the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) title.
The Bulawayo giants take on Caps United in the quarter-final of the Chibuku Super Cup on the weekend of September 30 and Brito is already looking forward to the tie.
Bosso pulled through to this stage after beating Bulawayo Chiefs in a penalty shoot-out in the first round.
Highlanders picked a league win, edging relegation-fighting Yadah 2-0 at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday, jumping to the second spot with 44 points, just a point behind leaders Ngezi Platinum Stars.
They ceded the top spot after losing two games on the trot to FC Platinum and Chicken Inn, with their abandoned game against Dynamos awaiting PSL disciplinary hearing.
The Yadah win brought back the buoyancy in the Bosso camp as they clash with struggling Caps United in the cup tournament. Brito believes winning in the competition will have a bearing on their league title chase.
“This win (against Yadah) was very good. When you lose, people think you have a problem, and when you win, everyone is happy. It is very good and next after Hwange is the (Chibuku) cup and if we win in the cup, the confidence will grow and people will continue believing and I think we will finish very well,” Brito said.
“We worked hard and the players worked hard every day and we stayed at the top but when we started the season, the board and everyone did not think about the championship and now we are close. We believe we will try to finish well but we are not under any pressure at all.”
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The Green Machine has struggled in the league this season with only six wins, nine draws and eight defeats in 23 games and over the weekend they played a 1-1 draw with Chicken Inn at Bata Stadium.
They have also struggled in the Chibuku Super Cup in recent years.
In other quarter-final ties, the biggest clash is between FC Platinum and Dynamos who played a goalless league draw at Barbourfields Stadium in July.
FC Platinum have been responsible for Dynamos’ early exits in the last two editions of the competition.
The Zvishavane-based side beat Triangle 1-0 at Gibbo in the league yesterday.
Log leaders Ngezi Platinum lock horns with Herentals who lost to Bulawayo Chiefs in the final last year, while Chicken Inn make a date with Black Rhinos.
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