HIGHLANDERS will limp into their Chibuku Super Cup first round match against How Mine on Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium with five of their regular players out due to injuries and illness.
Fresh from finally beating Dynamos in the ZNA Commander’s Charities final, Bosso’s new found confidence came at a cost with striker Obadiah Tarumbwa, who scored in the 1-0 win over the Harare side last Sunday, a doubt.
Also out is Knox Mutizwa, who was injured in the Young Warriors-South Africa Olympic qualifier two weeks back and did not train this week.
Eric Mudzingwa is also complaining of a knock sustained in Harare while Mthulisi Maphosa is a long term casualty.
Defender Douglas Sibanda is also unwell and coach Bongani Mafu is unsure if he will be fine in the next 48 hours.
“But that is not to give an excuse ahead of the match but to let the world know if some of the players do not turn up in Sunday’s match, its because of these reasons.
‘Its not going to be an easy match for us, considering the changes we might be forced to make in the match but we will, like in all other games, go in with a positive mind,” Mafu said.
In the last two matches, Mafu has opted for the hugely experienced Njabulo Nyoni in goal ahead of Arial Sibanda and it is likely the 35-year-old with keep his spot again.
Teenage Hadebe is also out of the match after leaving for South Africa for trials with Ajax Cape Town. His manager Edzai Kasinauyo confirmed Thursday night that the Young Warriors midfielder is trying his luck at the club that has already snatched another former Bosso star, Thomas Chideu.
But Bosso can still call upon new boy Obert Tafira, the experienced Rahman Kutsanzira and Webster Chingodza to plug those gaps.
How Mine coach Luke Masomere has not won any silverware in charge of the Bulawayo side and is hoping for the best.
‘This is a local derby for us, never mind that this is a cup match. It has emotions, pride and everything but I never go into a match to lose, so we will be aiming for the quarterfinals as well,” the self-proclaimed doctor of football said.
How Mine have lost veteran striker Limited Chikafa back to ZPC Kariba, but still have enough arsenal in Timothy January and former Highlanders players Heritein Masuku, Gilbert Banda, Mgcini Sibanda and Mernard Mupera.Advertisement
In another big Bulawayo match, log leaders Chicken Inn welcome Hwange at Luveve on Saturday, hoping for an improved performance after failing to win their last two league matches against Caps United.
Saturday: FC Platinum v Dongo (Mandava), Chapungu v Flame Lily (Ascot), Chicken Inn v Hwange (Luveve)
Sunday: Highlanders v How Mine (BF), Dynamos v Whawha (Rufaro), Caps United v ZPC Kariba (NSS), Triangle v Tsholotsho (Gibbo)