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Defiant Madinda eyes Chicken Inn scalp

By Sports Reporter


UNDER pressure Highlanders coach, Madinda Ndlovu insists his side will not change their style of play despite their failure to register a win in six attempts this season.

Ndlovu spoke as he braces for a tough derby encounter against Chicken Inn at Babourfields Stadium on Saturday.

Bosso, who are lurking dangerously in the relegation zone will be desperate to finally collect their first set of maximum points this season having so far lost two, and drawn four of their opening six matches.

They come up against a strong Chicken Inn side, which is currently enjoying a solid start to the season with 12 points to their name, just two behind leaders FC Platinum.

Chicken Inn also boast of an impressive record against Bosso since gaining promotion into the top flight league in 2011, with seven wins out of the 16 league matches played between the two sides while Bosso has only manages two victories, with the rest ending in draws.

Addressing journalists at the club offices during the team’s weekly press conference on Thursday, Ndlovu said his team will not read much into the current form, but will go into the match with high hopes.

“We respect Chicken Inn not because of the position that they are holding right now, but we respect them as a team that plays in the elite league,” Ndlovu said.

“Its a local derby, local derbies are always tricky, so it is the fight for the city. We will have to make sure that we remain the big boys in this city.

“I predict an explosive kind of a game. Chicken Inn have new players acquired from other clubs, very seasoned players and pacey players for that matter. We also worked on that aspect and worked on our attacking flair which will involve probably a lot of speed.”

Ndlovu insists his side will continue playing attacking football and is confident it will eventually yield the desired results.

Bosso have lost to Harare City and Triangle United FC, drawing with army side Black Rhinos, CAPS United, league debutants Mushowani Stars, and returnees Hwange FC.

The Bulawayo giants’ biggest undoing has been failure to convert their chances into goals after managing just two goals heading to match day seven.

The only goals came through a penalty by goalkeeper and captain Ariel Sibanda while Prince Dube scored their only goal in open play against Harare City in a 1-3 losing cause.

Asked whether the team will change the approach on Saturday, Ndlovu said his technical bench will not make a lot of changes to his squad.

“When you change approaches you lose focus. We have one philosophy, we have one approach to the game, and as I said, respect the opponents but don’t give them too much respect,” added Ndlovu.

Castle Lager Premier Soccer League fixtures

Saturday: Harare City v Bulawayo Chiefs (Rufaro), Mushowani v Black Rhinos (National Sports Stadium), Chicken Inn v Highlanders (Babourfields), ZPC Kariba v Ngezi Platinum Stars (Nyamhunga)

Sunday: Triangle v CAPS United (Gibbo), Herentals v Manica Diamonds (National Sports Stadium), Yadah v Dynamos (Rufaro), TelOne v FC Platinum (Mandava), Hwange v Chapungu (Colliery).