How Mine hit by injuries

HARARE - How Mine have been hit hard by injuries ahead of this afternoon’s One Wallet Cup quarter-final derby clash against city rivals Highlanders at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.

Inspirational captain Menard Mupera is in aplaster and so is holding midfielder Fungai Chirinda.

This effectively rules out the pair for today’s clash with Bosso.

Chikurupati are also sweating over the availability of pair of Edmore Muzananhamo and Xolisani Moyo, both are suffering from ankle injuries.

Defender George Magariro is also yet to recover after he was hit in the face by a football during the gold miners league match against Black Rhinos last weekend at Rimuka Stadium.

How Mine coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube expressed concern over the injuries to his key players but vowed to give Bosso a run for their money this afternoon.

“We are running against time, we need to see the team doctor to ascertain whether any of these guys can pass a late fitness test which is a major worry for us getting into such an important clash,” Ncube told the Daily News.

“Bar the injuries, we will still come out in full force against Highlanders, the match still has all the ingredients of a derby despite it being played away from Bulawayo and the main objective is to proceed to the next round.”

The clash is the repeat of the Mbada Diamonds Cup final from last year when Bosso beat their city rivals 3-0 in the final at Barbourfields Stadium.

The gold miners will be hoping to revenge that loss by dumping Highlanders out of the competition in the first round.

In Harare tomorrow, the capital will come to a standstill when for the second week running, Dynamos and CAPS United lock horns at the National Sports stadium in the first round of the One Wallet Cup.

Last Sunday, DeMbare and CAPS played a one-all draw in a premiership match played at the same venue.

Tomorrow, however, there must be a winner as the match will proceed straight to a penalty shootout in the event that the two teams are tied at the end of 90 minutes. 

Today: Highlanders v How Mine (Ascot)

Tomorrow: Dynamos v CAPS United (NSS)

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