How Mine ready for Bosso

BULAWAYO – How Mine head coach Philani ‘Beefy’ Ncube has declared his side ready to take on their more illustrious city rivals Highlanders in a Castle Premiership set for Barbourfields Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The top flight debutants prevailed 2-1 over Bosso in the reverse fixture at the same venue earlier this year but the script has changed slightly since that encounter.

Ncube, who was the assistant coach to his namesake Philani Mabhena, has now taken over the reins at the Metallon Gold sponsored outfit and will be out to prove his mettle as head coach.

“While we have a lot of respect for Highlanders because of their rich history I must hasten to add that we will not roll over and hand them the three points on a silver platter,” Ncube said.

“We will fight for the three points because the reality is that while Highlanders’ objective is to challenge for the league championship ours is to avoid relegation and we can only ensure our safety by posting positive results in our remaining matches.”

How Mine were held to a goalless stalemate by police outfit Black Mambas in their most recent league encounter and face a Highlanders side that emerged 2-0 winners over Monomotapa last week.

And to add more flavour to the match is the presence of former Highlanders players in the gold miners’ camp.

Former Bosso players Herbert Dick and Nqobile Mpala were responsible for the goals that sunk the Bulawayo giants in the reverse fixture and it will be interesting to see how these two and a host of others that include former Highlanders captain Gilbert Banda will fare against their former paymasters.

One player that may hurt Highlanders is pint sized left midfielder Timothy January who thrives on exploiting the blind side and has troubled many teams with his wicked left footed volleys.

Highlanders will be without the services of their star forward Milton Ncube who is suspended after picking up three yellow cards while the gold miners have all their players ready for selection.

Highlanders sit on third position on the log with 37 points from 20 matches and trail log leaders Dynamos and Harare City by a single point.

How Mine complete the upper half of the log table with 28 points to their credit.

Sunday: How Mine v Highlanders (Barboufields), Dynamos v CAPS United (Rufaro, SS9), Triangle v Harare City (Gibbo), Platinum v Monomotapa (Mandava)

Monday: Black Mambas v Buffaloes (Morris Depot, SS9).

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