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Bosso, CAPS weakened by key absences
04/07/2013 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Feeling the pressure ... Kelvin Kaindu
 
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HIGHLANDERS and Caps United will miss key players when they clash in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Suspensions have ruled out the Highlanders pair of key midfielder Peter Moyo, who has formed a vital partnership with Mthulisi Maphosa and central defender Dumisani Ndlovu, who have both accumulated three yellow cards.

Caps will miss big striker Tawanda Nyamandwe although that is not likely to put their championship hopes under any threat as they still have the likes of Dominic Chungwa, Rahman Kutsanzira and Warriors defender Hardlife Zvirekwi.

For Highlanders, this means Erick Mudzingwa will return to defence to partner Innocent Mapuranga as they seek to avoid a slide that has seen them lose three matches in a row.

They lost 1-0 to Chicken Inn before going down 2-1 to Caps United in the reverse fixture.

Last Saturday, Highlanders were bundled out of the BancABC Super Eight after losing 3-1 to FC Platinum after a penalty shoot-out.

Bosso coach Kelvin Kaindu has admitted feeling the pressure going into the second round of the season.

“We have not been consistent this season. We are just going through a bad patch we will start moving in the right direction,” he said.

“There is always pressure in football. The more you win the more pressure you have and if you lose it is the same thing. The important thing is to know how to handle the pressure.”

For Caps, assistant coach Brenna Msiska fears the one-week break could have broken his team’s rhythm.

“We would have preferred to face them straight away from that last match as we were gaining momentum. We hope the players will not be affected,” the former Warriors goalkeeper’s coach said.

Action will resume on Friday with joint leaders Chicken Inn facing Shabanie Mine at Luveve before defending champions Dynamos travel to the same venue for a date with How Mine.

Chicken Inn have on 29 points, the same as Highlanders and could be overnight leaders if they pick maximum points or at least avoid a loss.

By Saturday, Highlanders could be relegated to fourth place if both Dynamos and Harare City, who face Hwange at Rufaro, win both their games.

Player Suspensions

Tawanda Nyamandwe (Caps United), Ali Sadiki, Obrey Chirwa (FC Platinum), Dumisani Ndlovu, Peter Moyo (Highlanders), Charles Mutero, Blessing Sande (Motor Action), Brian Juru (Chicken Inn), Munyaradzi Kunyarimwe (Shabanie Mine), Thandazani Ndlovu, Gilbert Banda, Pedzisayi Gumiremhete (How Mine), Honey Chimutimunzeve, Ben Nyahunzvi (Black Mambas), Pardon Chinungwa (Triangle), Ephraim Mwinga (Tripple B)Prosper Matizanadzo (Buffaloes)



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Friday: Chicken Inn vs Shabanie Mine (Luveve)

Saturday: How Mine vs Dynamos (Luveve), Black Mambas vs Triangle (Morris Depot) Harare City vs Hwange (Rufaro)

Sunday: Highlanders vs Caps United (Barbourfields), Buffaloes vs Tripple B (Sakubva), Motor Action vs Monomotapa (Motor Action Sports Club), Black Rhinos vs FC Platinum (Rimuka),





 
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