Mathe predicts tough battle

HARARE - Highlanders caretaker coach Mark Mathe has predicted a tough challenge from Harare City when the two meet in Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals at Rufaro stadium this afternoon.

Bosso are coming from a 4-0 humiliating defeat at the hands of CAPS United in the league last weekend.

The Sunshine Boys are coming from 2-0 league defeat at the hands of FC Platinum and will be also hoping to bounce back to winning ways.

Today, the Bulawayo giants will be hoping to bring back the confidence of their supporters however, Mathe believed that the task will be not easy.

“Yes we need to bounce back to winning ways but Harare City is a good team and I know the game will be very tough,” Mathe told the Daily News on Sunday.

“We have done our preparation and we are now ready to face Harare City.

“We have put aside our last league match defeat against CAPS United, this is a new game we want to approach with a positive mind.

“Cup games are different from the league matches. One thing that I know is that we are up for the challenge.

“We need to show our true character in this type of situations, we have to work extra hard and start getting positive results.

“Like any other team our aim is to progress to the finals and even winning the cup but at this stage we must first concentrate on our tomorrow (today’s) game for us to win the cup.”

Mathe, who took charge of Bosso on an interim basis following the resignation of Kelvin Kaindu last week, has not forgotten the 1-0 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Sunshine Boys in a league match last month.

“I dint not want to say we are on a revenge mission because it will put us on pressure, our aim is to play our normal game and get a positive result,” he said.

Mathe is however, worried about his side's defensive lapse in recent matches.

“I do not want to blame individuals for our recent defeats but I think we need to work on our defense to start winning our matches,” added Mathe.

Harare City Masimba 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.

“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 said on Thursday.

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

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