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Crunch time for Bosso, City and DeMbare


Backing his under fire goalkeeper ... Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu (centre)

02/05/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
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AFTER a bruising battle against Chicken Inn on Thursday, Highlanders return to Barbourfields on Sunday to face even tougher opponents in Caps United.

Caps are coming from a 2-1 win over Triangle on Thursday, while Highlanders moved to second spot on the league table standings despite dropping two points against Chicken Inn after a 1-1 draw.

Highlanders’ Thursday draw came on the back of a horrible slip by goalkeeper Munyaradzi Diya in the 93rd minute which gifted Chicken Inn a last gasp equaliser, leaving their number one at the mercy of the a jeering crowd.

Bosso coach Kelvin Kaindu however, leapt to the defence of the keeper.

“We win as a team and lose as a team. Everybody tried their best,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate that we gave away maximum points like that as I feel we should have scored another goal to be safe.

“I think we lost concentration, especially when the crowd were not cheering, the guys lost it but we are going to rectify ahead of the big game against Caps United.”

Focus is already on Caps United on Sunday and Kaindu has called on his players to rise to the occasion.

“It is not going to be an easy match especially coming from a draw,” Kaindu said Friday.

“They (Caps) won against Triangle and obviously they are very confident, but we will fight on and rectify our mistakes as we go along because there is no time to rest.”

For his part, Caps coach, Taurai Mangwiro, said the win against Triangle has given his side some confidence.

“It was a win we needed,” he said.

“Perhaps we should stay at the National Sports because we have been dropping points at Gwanzura.

“Highlanders are not an easy team, especially at Barbourfields but we will give it our best shot, we will go there with a positive mind and hopefully, we will come out with something.”

Elsewhere, wounded Dynamos return to the National Sports Stadium to face Buffaloes as they seek to rebound from their 1-0 loss to Chapungu on Thursday.

With coach Callisto Pasuwa’s job on the line after their second loss of the season in five games which saw them drop to third position on the standings, they need nothing short of a win on Sunday.

Buffaloes coach Luke Masomere, who has one loss in five matches, says he has a plan for Dynamos and could spring a surprise.

Pasuwa is not the only coach under pressure - the pair of FC Platinum’s Lloyd Mutasa and Harare City’s Bigboy Mawiwi are also feeling the heat.



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Platinum have won one match at home, lost once, drawn thrice and have also fired assistant coach Masimba Dinyero. Ralph Kawondera - Mutasa’s prodigy at Zimbabwe Prison Services side Flame Lily- has replaced Dinyero.

Mawiwi is winless in five starts and needs to win on Saturday against Platinum to avoid the axe coming down.

FIXTURES

Saturday: Bantu Rovers v Chiredzi (Luveve 1300), How Mine v Hwange (Luveve 1500), FC Platinum v Harare City (Mandava 1500)

Sunday: Triangle v ZPC Kariba (Chishamiso 1500), Chapungu v Shabanie Mine (Ascot 1500), Black Rhinos v Chicken Inn (Rimuka 1500), Dynamos v Buffaloes (Rufaro 1500), Highlanders v Caps United (Barbourfields 1500)





 
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