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Harare massacre ... Highalanders were hammered 0-4 by CAPS United last week

14/10/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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JUST a week after their Harare massacre, Highlanders return to the capital - where they are yet to win this season - to face Harare City on Sunday in the $500,000 Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals at Rufaro Stadium.

The other match will feature FC Platinum and Black Rhinos at the same venue on Saturday, with both matches being screened live on SuperSport.

Bosso lost 4-0 to Caps United, and return to face a team that thumped them by the same score-line last season at the same venue and also beat them 1-0 in the Castle Lager Premiership three weeks ago.

There is no doubt that pressure is Mark Mathe and his Bosso charges again as they battle to put their house in order after three league defeats in a row.

Mathe remains defiant.

“We made some mistakes against Caps United and we are returning to training to work on those issues and I hope we will do better this time around.

“We had a couple of players injured and we hope they will have recovered by Sunday,” He said on Tuesday.

Webster Chingodza missed the Caps match which forced Mathe to play anchor-man Felix Chindungwe on the right wing back. Kudzanai Machazane is also expected to be back in the hunt for a starting place.

“This is a cup match and it’s different from the league and we will fight until the end,” the coach added.

Njabulo Ncube, who is yet to score after his return from FC Platinum, and new signing Simba Sithole are available for selection for Highlanders.

Bosso beat Shabanie Mine 1-0 in the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup at Ascot Stadium on August 17 through a goal by mid-season signing Pasca Manhanga before defeating How Mine 3-1 in the quarterfinals in Bulawayo last month.

They won  this tournament on its inauguration in 1973, beating Mangula 3-0 when it was the Chibuku Cup and going on to win it four times in 1980, 1984, 1986 and 1989.

They are a big club but we are also hoping to play in the final ... Masimba Dinyero

City, whose fortunes rest of the performances of Francesco Zekumbawire, Osbrone Mukuradare and Martin Vengesayi, are also limping after behind beaten 2-0 by Platinum last Saturday and coach Masimba Dinyero is aware of the task at hand.


“We beat them, fine, but this is a cup match and they might come up with a different strategy. They are a big club but we are also hoping to play in the final,” Dinyero said.

Winners of the competition will take home $75 000, runners up $50 000 while the two losing semi-finalists will get $25 000 each.

Saturday: FC Platinum vs Black Rinos (Rufaro)

Sunday: Highlanders v Harare City (Rufaro)

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