Bosso gun for CG Msipa honours

BULAWAYO - Highlanders will be out to improve their pre-season performances, which their Zambian coach Kelvin Kaindu described as having been woeful in the last couple of years, when they take part in the CG Msipa this weekend.

Speaking to the Daily News after his team’s morning training session at White City Stadium yesterday, Kaindu said he was taking the tournament very seriously.

“It is a competition and we are a team that always wants to compete,” he said. “As much as it is going to be a preparatory game for the season this is our first competitive game this year and we want to do better than in the last two years where our pre-season performances have been pathetic.”

Highlanders will play against Chapungu at Ascot Stadium in Gweru in the first semi-final while the other semi-final tie will pit Zvishavane arch-rivals Shabanie Mine against FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium.

Both matches will be played tomorrow with the final set for Mandava on Sunday.

Kaindu said while his team selection will be guided by the rules of the competition, which they are yet to receive, he will try field a strong team that will challenge for honours.

“We are yet to get the rules for the tournament but at this point in time I think it would be fair for us to be allowed to use even the players that are here on trials,” Kaindu said.

Highlanders acquired a number of players during the off-season and these include former Gunners and Shabanie Mine midfielder Valentine Ndaba alongside ex-FC Platinum players Welcome Ndiweni, Joel Ngodzo and Khumbulani Banda.

Former Bosso skipper Zephania Ngodzo is also back at Highlanders together with Brighton Choto while former Motor Action and Power Master defender Walter Musanhu is also training with the Bulawayo giants.

Kaindu expressed concern about his striking department and after the main training session the strikers, Gabriel Nyoni, Mgcini Sibanda, Cleopas Dube and Ozias Zibande remained behind and worked on some drills with attacking linkmen who included Ndaba, Joel, Ndiweni and Knox Mtizwa. 

"The response to training has been good but there is a department that I am worried about," Kaindu said. "That is where we are working extra hard and after the main session we have been remaining with the key players and hopefully we are going to improve because we are not just training for the sake of training but we train to improve.”

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