Akbay warns FC Platinum

BULAWAYO - Highlanders coach Erol Akbay is confident that his side will get to inflict their revenge on FC Platinum when the two teams meet in the semi-finals of the Independence Cup at Barbourfields Stadium today.

The platinum miners came out tops when the two teams met last weekend in a Castle Lager Premiership match at the same venue.

It was Bosso’s first defeat of the season and the Dutch coach is convinced his side would not lose twice on the bounce against the same opponents.

“My boys played well despite the loss. I can assure you that we are improving everyday,”  Akbay said ahead of today’s match.

“We are a very strong team for anyone facing us. This is why we need a result within 90 minutes. We must finish them within that time.”

Akbay said he has a full complement of his squad except veteran striker Ralph Matema who is still nursing an injury.

FC Platinum, who continued from where they left last season by displaying some quality football, are certainly a tough team to beat this year judging by the way they have played in their last two league games.

The platinum miners will have to bank on the dependable players like Tatenda Dzumbunu, Walter Musona and Obrey Chirwa, who gave the Bosso defence a torrid time everytime he was in possession in last weekend’s encounter.

In the other semi-final, Dynamos will host Chicken Inn at Rufaro Stadium with all the attention centred on coach Paulo Jorge Silva.

The Portuguese accused goalkeepers Gift “Umro” Muzadzi of sabotaging his project after the Glamour Boys were held to a goalless draw against Triangle last weekend.

DeMbare bosses responded by axing Muzadzi, leaving Silva to call all the shots but another loss today will not augur well with their fans.

The two teams have already met this season with Chicken Inn coming out tops 3-0 in a league match played at Barbourfields.

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