Bosso eye Chibuku final

HARARE - Highlanders coach Erol Akbay wants his side to remain focused and put their eyes on the money when they face Ngezi Platinum Stars in the Chibuku Super Cup semi-final at Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon.

The Dutch gaffer expressed confidence that his side are close to realising their dream of a league and cup double upon securing their semi-final berth in the lucrative Chibuku Super Cup after edging out How Mine through a penalty lottery.

Bosso, who are still in the race for the Castle Premiership title, overpowered Kelvin Kaindu’s charges 4-3 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.

The Bulawayo giants currently sit in second place on the log table trailing log leaders CAPS United by a single point.

Bosso have been in fine form lately in the league winning their last seven matches and Akbay is confident his charges will maintain that momentum.

“I think we are ready for the game,” Akbay told to the Daily News on Sunday.

“We need to remain focused and stay positive in our approach. The good thing is that we are motivated and the prospect of a league and cup double is pushing us to do even more. We are looking forward to a good game and possibly progress to the final.

“It would be good if we finish the game in regulation time and avoid another penalty shoot-out. I think our chances of progressing are bright. I hope our fans will come and rally behind the team like what they have been doing lately.”

The Bulawayo giants have already completed a league double over Ngezi and Akbay has called on his charges not to look much into that.

“You look at them (Ngezi Platinum Stars) and they are a good team,” added Akbay.

“The last time we met they gave us a good game. But this is a new game and it’s also a cup game anything is possible. So we should not concentrate on the past, we need to stay focused to try and a get a positive result.”

On the other side, Ngezi, who are the underdogs, will definitely be hoping to continue with their fine run in the country’s most prestigious cup after a 4-1 destruction of Tsholotsho in the quarter-finals.

Ngezi Platinum Stars coach Tonderai Ndiraya will be hoping for a change of fortunes having lost in last year’s final to eventual winners Harare City as interim Dynamos coach.

Ndiraya will be praying this year’s edition will give him respite following last year’s disappointment.

The former Dynamos midfielder arrived at Ngezi Platinum in June and was tasked to steady the new boys’ ship which then appeared to be overwhelmed by premier league football. 

Ndiraya has done wonders lifting the team to safety while steering the side to Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals in their debut season.

The winner of this afternoon’s encounter will clash with Norman Mapeza’s FC Platinum in the Chibuku Super Cup final, with a dangling $75 000 winner’s cheque and a ticket to represent the country in the African Confederation Cup.

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