Bosso host Gamecocks in derby

BULAWAYO - An exciting Bulawayo derby is on the cards when Castle Premiership log leaders Highlanders take on city rivals Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Wednesday.

The game is set to be a no holds barred affair as both sets of coaches are eying glory at the end this year’s campaign.

Speaking after his charges edged out army outfit Black Rhinos in a Zimbabwe National Army charity match at the weekend, Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu said his side had lots of respect for their city neighbours.

“The prospects of a victory are quite high although it is always difficult when you play a local derby, and remember last season we drew both games,” Kaindu said.

“What is important is for us to maintain our focus and if we go on to pick up maximum points then that would be good.”

Kaindu’s Chicken Inn counterpart Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu said his wish was for his team to continue from where they left off before the two week break in top flight action.

“We are taking the game just like any other game because there is nothing special about Highlanders and the bottom line is that we will be playing for three points,” Mpofu said.

“As a team we want to continue from where we left off before the break when we collected maximum points in three consecutive matches.”

Bosso lead the 16-team log by four points and will be out to maintain that lead if they are to wrest the championship from Dynamos who are breathing down their neck with 25 points to their credit.

Highlanders have 29 points from 13 games while fourth placed Chicken Inn has amassed 23 points from 13 games also.

Kaindu admitted on Sunday that he may have a selection poser after a number of his fringe players impressed against Rhinos.

“Most of the players that we had today (Sunday) have not been playing but I think they adapted well and we will continue to look at them at training and if they prove that they can play then we will give them a chance,” Kaindu said.

The likes of Douglas Sibanda and Ozias Zibande may be given a run out against the Gamecocks after staking claims for regular game time with some outstanding performances against Chipembere.

Chicken Inn will be missing the services of right back Moses Jackson and combative linkman Thabani Goredema through suspension but Mpofu said his team has enough cover.

“We have Brian Juru who is back after missing our last match and he is an option for us in midfield,” Mpofu said.

“There are a number of players who can feature at right back so we are not threadbare at all and have got enough replacements for the suspended players.” - Sakheleni Nxumalo

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