Depleted Bosso, Chicken Inn clash

BULWAYO - Barbourfields Stadium comes alive this afternoon when Bulawayo rivals Chicken Inn and Highlanders clash in a potentially thrilling Castle Premiership match in the city.

Both teams will be missing some of their regular players due to injury and suspension with the home side, Chicken Inn, being the most affected.

The Gamecocks will miss the services of the suspended duo of Guide Goddard and Walter Mukanga, the injured pair of Lineance Mpofu and Danny Phiri, while veteran defender Herbert Dick will have to undergo a late fitness test.

Former Zimbabwe Saints player, Sydney Linyama, is likely to partner the tough-as-nails Felix Chindungwe in the event that Dick is unable to play while former Highlanders junior Lawrence Mhlanga may find himself on the bench as cover for the two central defenders.

Highlanders, on the other hand, will be missing right-back Bruce Tshuma and slippery winger Masimba Mambare, who are both injured. Tshuma and Mambare’s absence is a big blow to Highlanders as the duo has struck a good understanding on the right flank.

Atlast Musasa is the most likely replacement for Tshuma.

The former Shooting Stars man may be in for a torrid day at the office if tricky Chicken Inn left-sided midfielder Kuda Mahachi is on song this afternoon.

Young Warriors midfielder Mahachi has been a revelation for the Gamecocks this season and is a fans favourite because of his dribbling prowess.

In the reverse fixture, which drawn nil all, Thabani Goredema and Phiri played a blinder to keep the highly-rated Highlanders midfield duo of Mthulisi Maphosa and Peter Moyo in check and today Xolisani Moyo is likely to partner the combative Goredema in a similar role.

It will be interesting to see what kind of game plan Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu will come up with to counter Chicken Inn’s strategy to choke his midfield. Asked to comment on his side’s prospects in today’s game, Chicken Inn head coach Adam Ndlovu said the pressure was on their more illustrious neighbours.

“It won’t be easy playing against a team that has gone for 20 games without tasting defeat,” Ndlovu told the Daily News yesterday.

“But I think Highlanders are under pressure after recent developments that saw Dynamos overtaking them to assume leadership of the championship race.”

Highlanders occupy second position on the log behind Dynamos with both teams pegged on 46 points from 20 games, but DeMbare sit above Bosso courtesy of a two- goal superior goal difference.

Chicken Inn trails the log leaders by 11 points and sits in fifth position.

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