Bosso wary of wounded Buffaloes

HARARE - Castle Premiership table toppers Highlanders are well aware of the challenge posed by Buffaloes in tomorrow’s encounter at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare.

The Bulawayo giants negotiated their way back to the top of the table with Thursday’s 1-0 win over struggling Harare City at Barbourfields Stadium courtesy of Kuda Mahachi’s goal.

Kelvin Kaindu’s side now has 16 points together with second-placed How Mine but enjoy a healthier goal difference than the gold miners.

Tomorrow, Bosso face a Buffaloes side still licking the wounds of a 5-1 hammering by Triangle in mid-week.

That defeat in Chiredzi shook Buffaloes to the core and the Mutare-based soldiers will be pumped up for this visit by the log leaders as it gives them a chance to redeem themselves in front of their fans.

Kaindu is conscious of this fact and knows that Luke Masomere’s men will fight to the end in tomorrow’s match.

“It makes it even more difficult,” Kaindu said of Buffaloes’ thrashing in midweek.

“We will however play our game. I’m confident with the players at my disposal and anyone can play on the day because we train as a team.”

Highlanders are yet to taste defeat this season, a feat that can only be matched by Premiership newcomers ZPC Kariba, who are currently in fourth position, two points behind the log leaders.

The Bosso gaffer maintains that it is still early days to label his side title favourites considering there are more than 20 games to go before the season comes to an end.

“We thank God but it’s too early so far,” he said. “Four teams have occupied the top spot this season and the point difference is so close among the top seven teams.”

Despite Kaindu’s sentiments, Bosso remain the favourites to dispose Dynamos of the title they have won in the past three years.

Midfielder Welcome Ndiweni and winger Kuda Mahachi have been pulling the strings in the Bosso engine room as they have started the 2014 season in fine form.  

This weekend’s Premiership action starts today when Triangle travel to Mandava Stadium to take on FC Platinum.

The match is scheduled to kick-off at 1pm.

Platinum going into today’s match still feeling hard done by Wednesday’s 1-0 loss at the hands of Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium.

Dynamos got their goals through Ocean Mushure’s hotly-disputed penalty awarded by referee Ruzive Ruzive following Simba Sithole’s tumble inside the box under the challenge of Gift Bello.

How Mine have the opportunity to go on top of the log if they can beat or draw with Premiership newcomers ZPC Kariba at Gwanzura Stadium this afternoon.

In Bulawayo, Chicken Inn, who have failed to win in their last two matches, take on Chapungu at Luveve Stadium.

Today: FC Platinum v Triangle United (1pm, Mandava), ZPC Kariba v How Mine, Chicken Inn v Chapungu (Luveve).

Tomorrow: Buffaloes v Highlanders (Sakubva), Hwange v Shabanie Mine, CAPS v Bantu Rovers (NSS), Chiredzi v Dynamos (Chishamiso).

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