Mathe wants Bosso response

HARARE - Highlanders interim coach Mark Mathe wants his side to restore some pride when they face rivals Dynamos in the Gushungo Victory Cup at the National Sports Stadium today.

The Bulawayo giants and Dynamos were picked to participate in the challenge match, which is meant to celebrate President Robert Mugabe’s victory in last year’s harmonised elections.

Highlanders’ promising start to the season went up in smoke midway through the season when they parted ways with Zambian coach Kelvin Kaindu citing poor results.

Even the appointment of Mathe did not help matters as Bosso went on to lose five of the seven matches he was in charge before they eventually finished fifth on the log table.

“We have discussed on the just ended season and we all agreed that we did not do well as a club but we have an obligation to move on and think about the next goal, which in this case is the Gushungo Cup against Dynamos,” Mathe told the Daily News on Sunday.

“I know it’s a much smaller dream than we all wanted but we have to honour the shirt of the club. Remember we have passionate fans. When it doesn’t go as planned at the beginning of the year, it’s difficult because they are so passionate.

“They want us to win. They definitely love us when we are winning. When we are on the other side of the ball, it’s a little different. They come down and they want us to win.”

Bosso and DeMbare will be meeting for the fifth time this season with the Glamour Boys emerging victorious in all the four previous clashes.

Calisto Pasuwa’s men posted identical 1-0 wins in the two league matches while beating Bosso 2-0 in the Bob90 Super Cup before clinching the TM Supermarkets Challenge trophy with an emphatic 4-1 scoreline.

Mathe is, however, confident his charges will get it right this time around.

“We are taking the game seriously as you know we are playing for the president’s cup. There are also monetary incentives that come with this cup and should motivate players to do well,” he said.

“We have acknowledged that we haven’t done well against Dynamos lately but they should not underestimate us, we are a big institution and we are ready end that bad run.

“They must play for the pride for the team and for the players and for the fans as well. We suffered at the wrong time of the season. We have spoken to the boys about it and we want to end the season on a high.

“No one is guaranteed a place in the tam but we are going to field the strongest possible squad to do the duty.”

Winners of the tournament are guaranteed $45 000, while the losing finalists will walk away with $35 000.

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