Bosso, Platinum clash at Mucheke

MASVINGO - Highlanders will employ a more direct approach to their style of play when they clash with FC Platinum in a BancABC Sup8r quarter-final encounter Saturday afternoon at Mucheke Stadium.

Kick-off is at 12:30pm.

Bosso head coach Kelvin Kaindu told the Daily News that his charges may abandon their passing game due to the bumpy condition of the pitch at the match venue.

“We will try and get the ball quickly to the strikers because we have realised that the playing surface is not ideal for our usual passing game,” Kaindu said.

“The bumpy pitch is not a big deal though since the other team will also be playing under the same conditions. We just have got to be in the right frame of mind and get a result because the nature of a knockout tournament is that a team will not get a second chance to correct their mistakes.”

The Zambian coach added that Mthulisi Maphosa, Milton Ncube and Peter “Rio” Moyo had picked up knocks in the 2-1 loss to CAPS United last weekend but were responding well to treatment and may start against FC Platinum.

Highlanders badly need to register a win to appease the multitudes of their followers, who are unhappy after seeing their team surrendering a healthy lead in the Castle Premiership race.

Bosso are now joint leaders of the Castle Premiership log with city rivals Chicken Inn after suffering two defeats on the trot.

These losses have not gone down well with success-starved fans that are itching for a return to the days when the Highlanders trophy cabinet was always filled with silverware.

Highlanders were the losing finalists to Motor Action when the BancABC Sup8r Cup was last played in 2011.

Meanwhile, Platinum interim coach Lloyd Mutasa is eager to begin his reign at the Zvishavane miners with a win over Highlanders today.

Mutasa took charge of the Zvishavane-based club at the end of last week but had to watch the platinum miners’ league victory over Black Rhinos from the terraces as he had not received his clearance from the Zimbabwe Prison Services.

That clearance has since been issued and after full week of assessing his players, Mutasa is relishing a return to club football after months away from full time employment since quitting Swaziland topflight club Green Mambas last year.

Mutasa knows putting a decent run in the Sup8r competition will be a perfect remedy the miners need following recent disappointments in the league.

“The morale in the camp is very high; we are coming up against a team that is equally good, but like I have said before like any other coach, I want to get off to a winning start,” Mutasa said yesterday.

FC Platinum will be buoyed by the fact that they face a Highlanders side coming off the back of two defeats in their last two league matches.

But the Zvishavane side have had their own share of problems, having started brightly and faded towards the half way mark of the season, going for six games without a win.

“If you look at platinum, we have some intelligent players who are capable of doing big things, but it’s down to teams work, every player has to play for each other,” Mutasa said.

Asked if he will make changes to the side that now seats just three points off log leaders Highlanders after 15 games, Mutasa said:

“Not really, I’m happy with what I have at FC Platinum.  It’s not really an issue of changing anything but maybe adding here and there.”

The former Dynamos coach said he was happy with the reception he had received at the Zvishavane outfit.

“I was received well by the community and for what I saw from the stakeholders’ meeting, there are people here who really have football at heart and if we can maintain these ambitions we will go far.”

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