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Dube rants at Highlanders chiefs, but coach says ready
10/10/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter I Supersport
 
Available for Sunday's game ... Knox Mtizwa
 
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HIGHLANDERS benefactor Tshinga Dube has lunged into to the club leaders, accusing them of running down the club and calling them to step down.

The Bulawayo giants last won the league title in 2006 and since then, several coaches have attempted to break the jinx but with no success.

With the team currently facing the grim prospect of being relegated with six points above the relegation zone, Highlanders have six games to fight for survival.

In an open letter published in a Bulawayo daily newspaper, Dube came out guns blazing, attacking the Peter Dube-led executive.

“The administrators of the team certainly must accept the blame and do the most honorable thing in given circumstances, that is let others try,” wrote Dube.

“We do not know the cause of the problems in that administration, but whatever it is we have to do something about it.

“Any noble person knows that if you are given a responsibility and fail to perform, you must gracefully confess that you cannot do it and let somebody else do it. What is it in this soccer administration?

“Is it for prestige; is it for fame or is it just an ego that someone is in the administration of a soccer team? ….But time has now come for them to hand over the baton.”

Dube defended Highlanders players who over the years some of them have been accused of indiscipline, saying the team’s problems have roots in the administration.

“I once more say that there is nothing wrong with the players. So we should, as a matter of urgency, clean up our house,” he said.

Club chief executive officer Ndumiso Gumede declined to respond to the open letter.

Highlanders host Dongo Sawmill on Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium and coach Amin Soma Phiri believes his team are poised to pick up maximum points.

With just one win in four matches since taking over from Bongani Mafu, Soma-Phiri says they will still finish in a good position this season and the fight starts now.

Bosso are 10th on the log with 28 points and they need to claw away from the duo of Buffaloes (27) ZPC Kariba (25), if they are to avoid dropping into the relegation dog fight.

“We have played well in the last few games, but we have also conceded some silly goals and I am sure the boys know that the team are not relegation candidates and we definitely need a win.



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“There is no doubt that we are under immense pressure at this stage, but we will come right. We have six games to play and four of the games are at home, so we will definitely survive relegation this season.

“In-fact, we are talking of finishing in the top eight if the results in other games go our way,” Soma-Phiri said in his weekly press conference on Thursday.

Veteran midfielder Mthulisi Maphosa, who has played in the Caf Champions League with Monomotapa before joining DRC giants TP Mazembe, is racing against time to be fit for the match after suffering a recurring knee injury against Caps United in the 3-1 loss in Harare two weeks back.

Evergreen striker and the country’s leading top scorer Knox Mtizwa and veteran striker Obidiah Tarumbwa will lead the Bosso front line again in search of three points.

Under 23 stars Nqobizitha Masuku and Teenage Hadebe might also get starting berths after unconvincing performances by Felix Chindungwe and Simon Munawa in the loss against Caps.

Valentine Ndaba had a stellar game in that Caps loss and is set for another start after limited game time under Mafu.

Dongo are rooted at the bottom of the log with just 18 points from 24 matches and, in reality, they are poised for a quick return to Division One next season.

RESULTS & FIXTURES

Saturday: How Mine 1-2 Chicken Inn (Luveve), ZPC Kariba 2-1 Caps United (Nyamhunga), FC Platinum 3-0 Whawha (Mandava), Buffaloes 1-1 Tsholotsho

Sunday: Dynamos vs Harare City (Rufaro), Highlanders vs Dongo Sawmill (Barbourfields), Triangle vs Flame Lily (Gibbo), Hwange vs Chapungu





 
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