We can cause an upset - Mandigora

HARARE - Triangle coach David Mandigora has challenged his charges to recover from their recent struggles when they face Highlanders in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon.

The two teams should have met two weeks ago but the match was cancelled due to civil unrest that engulfed Zimbabwe in recent weeks.   

Mandigora, who has been credited for assembling a strong squad at the Lowveld side, believes the Sugar Sugar Boys have the ability to cause an upset today and stop the inform Highlanders.

Triangle have been inconsistent in recent weeks picking up only two wins in their last five matches.

Mandigora replaced the Zambian coach Kelvin Kaindu at the beginning of the season and has been quietly going about his business managing 22 points from 14 matches they have played to sit sixth on the log table trailing leaders FC Platinum by 11 points.

Triangle have a chance to reduce the deficit to eight points if they beat fired-up Bosso this afternoon.

And despite missing the services of his key man Lameck Nhamo, who is out with an ankle injury, Mandigora remains hopeful of collecting maximum points.  

“We have an idea of how we want to approach this game, and if we can put that in place hopefully we will get what we want,” Mandigora told the Daily News yesterday.

“We have prepared properly and if we perform like we know we can we can cause them problems, too. 

“We want to be positive in our approach. I think we are a different team now from the early seasons in the Premier League, but we can still be competitive and make it difficult for anybody.

“Nhamo have got an ankle injury and will not be available for this game. We however have a big squad with equally suitable replacements.”

Mandigora, acknowledges in as much they want maximum points it will not be easy against a Bosso side that sit second on the log table with 30 points.

“One thing for sure is that Highlanders will not make any easy for us. We know it’s difficult, but we will make it difficult for them too and I think they understand that,” Mandigora said.

Triangle come into this game on the back of a 1-3 defeat away to Ngezi Platinum. However, Mandigora believes their form is better than what the result suggest and there are no issues regarding morale or confidence in his squad.

“I am not disturbed by the level of performance because that’s been good, it’s just that we haven’t taken advantage of good performance. Our confidence levels haven’t been dented in any shape or form,” Mandigora said.

Bosso will on the other hand be hoping to pick maximum points and dislodge FC Platinum at the summit.

The Bulawayo giants currently trail the Zvishavane based-side by three points but have played a game less than Norman Mapeza’s charges.

Highlanders, who are under Dutch coach Erol Akbay, are enjoying a rich vein of form and last Sunday they beat Harare City to retain the ZNA Charities Cup at Barbourfields.

Fixtures:

Today: Highlanders v Triangle (Barbourfields), Mutare City v Tsholotsho (Sakubva)

Saturday: Chicken Inn v Harare City (White City Stadium), How Mine v Border Strikers (Luveve), ZPC Kariba v Dynamos (Nyamhunga), Mutare City Rovers v Chapungu (Sakubva, SS)

Sunday: Bulawayo City v FC Platinum (Luveve), Hwange v Tsholotsho (Colliery), Triangle United v Ngezi Platinum Stars (Gibbo), CAPS United v Highlanders (National Sports Stadium, SS)

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