Bosso remain a threat - Dinyero

HARARE - Harare City coach Masimba Dinyero is taking a cautious approach when he leads his charges against troubled Highlanders on Sunday in the Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals.

Although City will be looking for a positive result to book a place in the final, Dinyero’s men have also chosen to be pragmatic and he revealed that they would not throw caution to the wind in their quest to achieve such a result.

The Bulawayo giants’ dramatic loss of form ahead of the final stretch of the championship race continued when a fired-up up CAPS United handed them a drubbing 4-0 defeat which all but ended Bosso’s hopes of winning the league title.     

Dinyero said he is aware of a threat posed by Highlanders despite their poor run in the league lately and would not go for an open game against them.

And despite beating Highlanders 1-0 in the reverse league fixture last month at the same venue, Dinyero believes Sunday’s showdown will be a different ball game as cup matches require a different approach.

“We don’t want to read too much on what is going at Highlanders. We are only concerned with what we have to offer on the day,” Dinyero told the Daily News yesterday.

“Highlanders might have been struggling but that does not guarantee us a win. Remember this is a cup game and anything can happen.

“Cup games by their nature are very tricky; they are more like money games and we need to be cautious in our approach.

“There is a lot at stake and Highlanders might want to use this opportunity to start winning. As Harare City we are preparing for this match the same way as other matches.”

The Sunshine Boys endured a bad start to this year’s Castle Premiership but they made a steady recovery and are now occupying eight place on the log table.

Dinyero revealed they are now targeting a respectable position in the league while targeting the Chibuku Super Cup.

“We are expecting big things in this tournament. We are targeting the final. It will be an honour for the youngsters to win this tournament. Our aim is to win the cup,” said the former Dynamos and FC Platinum assistant coach.

Harare City progressed to the semi-final of the tournament after beating Chiredzi 2-1 in the quarter finals.

For Highlanders the tournament affords them a rare chance to appease their long suffering supporters after seeing their hopes of winning the league title came to an abrupt end with a 4-0 drubbing in the hands of CAPS United.

The Chibuku Super Cup remains Bosso’s major silverware hopeful this season as they face stiff competition to defend the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

Pressure is now on interim coach Mark Mathe as he battles to put the house in order after three straight league defeats.

Winners of the competition will take home $75 000, runners up $50 000 while the two losing semi-finalists will get $25 000 each.

Chibuku Super Cup semi-final fixtures:

Friday: FC Platinum v Black Rhinos (Rufaro, SS)

Sunday: Highlanders v Harare City (Rufaro, SS)

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