Bullish Bosso target ZPC

HARARE - Highlanders assistant coach Mark Mathe is in a bullish mood ahead of the Bulawo giants trip to Gwanzura Stadium tomorrow to face Castle Premiership surprise package ZPC Kariba tomorrow.

Mathe will be again in charge of the Bulawayo giants in the absence of head coach Kelvin Kaindu who is still in the United Kingdom for his Uefa B licence studies.

And Mathe, who has done well in his previous spells in charge of the team when Kaindu is away, explained just why his side is so motivated ahead of the match with the high-flying ZPC Kariba.

Bosso, who sit at the top of the table due to their superior goal difference over ZPC, obliterated CAPS United 4-0 in a one-sided match in Bulawayo last weekend.

Mathe wants the Bosso players to maintain the same momentum they showed in that win over CAPS to increase their lead at the top of the table.

“We are working hard at training,” Mathe said. “We are also working hard to maintain consistency.

“We registered a big win against CAPS last weekend but we should quickly forget about that match and focus on our next game.

“One thing that we should maybe do is to take a leaf from that performance. We need to have more of those performances. Of course this is a new game but we don’t fear them.

“ZPC Kariba is a new team in the Premier League and they have their goals. But we have ours as well which is to win this game.”

ZPC have had a marvellous start to their maiden top flight season by remaining unbeaten in the six games they have played so far.

Saul Chaminuka’s men have won three and drawn three matches as they have punched above their weight.

Those three wins have also come against formidable opponents like defending champions Dynamos and last season’s runners-up Harare City.

Mathe is well aware of the danger posed by the Zimbabwe Power Company-owned side.

“They have been doing well lately and we have to respect their coach and the players for such a professional approach,” said the Bosso assistant coach.

“We are however not reading much into how they have been doing. We are coming to Harare to get those three points.”

Gabriel Nyoni and midfield hardman Muthulisi Maphosa are still out with different ailments while Warriors left back Milton Ncube and Bruce Kangwa will have to pass late fitness tests if they are to be considered for selection.

Chaminuka told the Daily News that his team enter tomorrow’s match as underdogs as their main aim this season is to survive relegation in their first year in the Premiership.

“We are the underdogs, there is no doubt about that,” Chaminuka said. “Highlanders have been consistent in the past and they would obviously want to maintain that. They obviously want to win the league this year and this gives them pressure.

“As for us we are treating each game as it comes. I am looking at the game against Highlanders as another step to survival. Our target is not to win the league but to survive relegation.

“Maybe we can start talking of the league next year. It’s even too early to start talking of the title now. Thus for us to survive relegation we need to win matches and the Highlanders game is not exceptional.

“We also want to play that game and win so that we enhance our chances of surviving relegation.” 

Today:

CAPS United v Black Rhinos (National Sports Stadium SS), Chicken Inn v How Mine (Luveve Stadium), Chiredzi v Chapungu (Chishamiso Stadium),

Tomorrow:

ZPC Kariba v Highlanders (Gwanzura Stadium SS), Shabanie Mine v Dynamos (Maglas Stadium), Buffaloes v FC Platinum (Sakubva Stadium), Hwange v Bantu Rovers (Colliery Stadium)

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