HIGHLANDERS’ last chance of silverware arrives this Saturday when they take on How Mine in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.
The Bulawayo giants were beaten, for the second year running on goal difference by Dynamos to the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title on Sunday despite beating Shabanie Mine 3-1.
Dynamos beat Black Mambas 2-0 and both teams end the season on 54 points.
But now, Highlanders face their bogey side for the third time this season, having lost the previous two encounters in the league.
Bosso lost 2-1 and 1-0 to Philani Ncube’s boys, but will be hoping that lady luck smiles on them as they seek the $130,000 winners’ cheque.
Unfortunately for them, they will not be able to take part in the CAF Confederation Cup next season as they are serving the final year of their three year ban for pulling out of the 2012 competition.
Coach Kelvin Kaindu, who missed two crucial matches against Motor Action which ended in a 1-1 draw and the 4-0 mauling by Harare City which all but derailed their championship hopes, is still hopeful.
He believes his team has to change their mentality.
“It’s the mental character that needs to change. Once we do that, I know we can win the trophy,” the Zambian national said.
How Mine coach Philani Beefy Ncube said he will use the same team he fielded against Tripple B in their last match of the season which ended in a 2-2 draw in Beitbridge.
“I will use basically the same team in the final. We are not under any pressure as we have already achieved our target. It is Highlanders who are under pressure in the final,” Ncube said.
Meanwhile, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced 30th November 2013 as deadline for National Associations to confirm club engagements in next year’s continental club championships.
“The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announces 30th November 2013 deadline for National Associations to confirm club engagements in next year’s continental club championships,” CAF said in a statement.
“Any Association who wishes to participate in the competitions shall send to the CAF Secretariat an application accompanied by the admission fee of $300, and the application must reach CAF by mail, fax or e-mail not later than the 30th of November 2013.Advertisement
“For the players’ registrations, a complete list of maximum 30 players must be registered or submitted to the CAF Secretariat before the 31st December 2013.
“It can be amended, but after January 15 next year, the list becomes final and no new players can be added nor replaced.