Kaindu on a mission

HARARE - Kelvin Kaindu returns to Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon for a date against his former side Highlanders hoping to silence the Bulawayo giants by dumping them out of the Chibuku Super Cup and progress to the next round. 

After accounting for Dynamos 4-5 on penalties in the first round at Rufaro Stadium to set up an epic duel against the Bulawayo giants, Kaindu is hoping his charges could draw inspiration from that win going into today’s clash.

For Kaindu, who left Highlanders in 2015 for Triangle before joining How Mine at the start of the season, it will be Highlanders who will be under pressure from their legion of fans to win and probably go all the way and win the cup.

How Mine have also not forgotten the back-to-back defeats they suffered to their neighbours in the league. Despite dominating their opponents in both the two matches, How Mine went on to lose by identical 2-0 scorelines. 

“I think we are ready for the match,” Kaindu said.

“I think for us beating Dynamos in the first round will motivate us especially when meeting a big team like Highlanders. They have been playing some good football lately but we noticed they are depending mostly on counter attacks and if we can defend that then we are okay.

“They will also be under pressure from their fans and the more we keep the ball the more we will frustrate them. We are expecting an interesting match definitely. We are aware they want the cup just as much as want to win it’’.

Kaindu, who led Highlanders to the Mbada Diamonds Cup in 2013 before he was forced out, however, reckons that it will not be an easy game for both teams.

“It’s not going to be an easy match though. I think it will be a closely-contested match. We hope to win and progress to the next round.”

The Zambian gaffer will be without the services of defender Praise Tonha who also missed their 2-3 defeat to CAPS United with an injury while Timothy January is also out with an ailment. Kaindu, however, says they have enough cover.

On the other hand, Highlanders coach Erol Akbay is also confident of progressing to the next round. Bosso just like FC Platinum are fancying their chances of a league and cup double.

The Bulawayo giants are four points behind log leaders FC Platinum in the Castle Premier League championship race and they progressed to the quarterfinals after overcoming stubborn Mutare City 2-1 in the first round at home.

The exit of giants Dynamos and CAPS United left Akbay and Norman Mapeza’s teams as the main favourites to win the tournament. Akbay revealed while his charges are eager to win the cup,

“We definitely want to win this cup it will be great if we went on to win the league and cup. We are ready for anyone, the players are motivated and we are looking forward to give our best. We just want to take one game at a time,” Akbay said.

The other quarterfinal match will see log leaders FC Platinum travel to Gibbo Stadium to face Triangle.

Chibuku Super Cup quarterfinal fixtures:

Today: How Mine v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Triangle v FC Platinum (Gibbo)

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