HIGHLANDERS will miss the services of four key players when they take on How Mine in the Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.
BY THANDIWE MOYO
Bosso will be without man of the moment Knox Mutizwa who picked up an injury while on national duty and did not train throughout the week, while his striking partner Obadiah Tarumbwa is also doubtful.
Tarumbwa, who scored the only goal when Bosso beat Dynamos in the ZNA Charity Shield in Harare, is said to have been sick the whole week.
Also missing will be defence pillar Eric Mudzingwa and midfielder Douglas Sibanda.
Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu said both Mudzingwa and Sibanda had not been well.
Sibanda, Mafu said, got sick the night before the Dynamos ZNA Commanders Charity Shield encounter and was not even on the bench, while Mudzingwa is reported to be having kidney problems and has not been training.
Gabriel Nyoni has started full training, but his run is not yet sharp. He will available for selection.
“Those four players are a big doubt on Sunday for the Chibuku Cup game, but that is not to make an excuse about any result that might come out there,” Mafu said.
Considering that Luke Masomere has assembled a killing machine, Mafu admitted that the match would be tough.
“It is going to be a tough game. It is a game that we should win very much and we are working hard to come up with the winning combinations. How Mine is one of the strongest teams in the land they are lying third on the log and we are ninth. I think we have to work way above our weight,” he said.
Mafu said their win against Dynamos gave them a satisfactory feeling, but the celebrations had ended and they were focusing on their next match.
Meanwhile, Highlanders confirmed that they failed to acquire the services of Bulawayo Chiefs and former Black Mambas’ Ishmael Wadi.
Wadi had been on the Bosso radar for a while, but Mafu yesterday said the striker’s club was adamant on retaining his services.
“We failed to get Wadi. His club was adamant they want to keep him for their push to the Premier League ‘cause,” he said.
Mafu said they registered Obert Tafira, MaCarthy Dube, Thembinkosi Simango, Peter Muduhwa and goalkeeper Prosper Mathuthu.