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Highlanders drop Sibanda, Ngodzo for Hwange tie

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HIGHLANDERS have dropped the troublesome duo of Charles Sibanda and Joel Ngodzo for Wednesday’s match against Hwange at the Colliery following new cases of misbehaviour by the pair.
Sibanda snubbed the technical team and headed straight to the dressing rooms when he was substituted during the 1-0 loss to Chicken Inn at Hartsfield Stadium on Sunday while Ngodzo was nabbed for unruly behaviour on the same day.
Sibanda has since apologised for his behaviour, according to the club’s chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede although his case will only be discussed at the next technical review meeting next Monday.
The Highlanders team is practically a hospital ward with Simba Sithole, Njabulo Ncube, Gabriel Nyoni, Eric Mudzingwa, Joel Ngodzo and Webster Chingodza all ruled out due to injuries, meaning a number of changes would be seen in Wednesday’s match.
Those available include Bruce Kangwa, Munyaradzi Diya, Ariel Sibanda, Pascal Manhanga, Welcome Ndiweni, Simon Munawa, Felix Chindungwe, Innocent Mapuranga, Honest Moyo, King Nadolo and Dumisani Ndlovu.
Highlanders have lost four matches in a row and dropped from position four to seven with 39 points and should the trend continue they could find themselves fighting relegation, although they have easier home games against already relegated Chiredzi and Chapungu and an away trip
to Shabanie Mine.
Problems aside, interim coach Mark Mathe believes the season can still be salvaged.
“We are playing a very tricky team that wants to end in the top four like us and I believe it will be a very competitive and tricky match for us. We need to do our best in the remaining matches of the season,” he said.
Nation Dube, the Hwange boss, says they are wary of a wounded Highlanders side.
“They want to win at all costs because they have been on a bad run, so we need to be very careful in this match. We cannot underestimate them,” Dube said.
Dube’s team has barely rested after travelling from Kadoma on Sunday after they drew 1-1 with Black Rhinos at Rimuka. They rested on Monday and trained once on Tuesday to avoid a fatigue.
As the Premiership heads to the business end, Chiredzi will be confined to Division One football on Wednesday if they fall to equally troubled Black Rhinos at Gibbo.Advertisement

Should Chiredzi win, then Rhinos face the chop.
Triangle are in Bulawayo on Wednesday against Chicken Inn knowing that a defeat will be a disaster. Despite beating Caps United 2-1 on Sunday, they remained in 13th position with 30 points, two ahead of Rhinos with four games of the season to go.
FIXTURES
Wednesday: Harare City vs Dynamos (Rufaro), Shabanie Mine vs How Mine (Maglas), Chicken Inn vs Triangle (Hartsfield), Chapungu vs Bantu Rovers (Ascot), Chiredzi vs Black Rhinos (Gibbo), Caps United vs FC Platinum (NSS), Hwange vs Highlanders (Colliery), ZPC Kariba vs Buffaloes (Gwanzura)