Bosso seek Chibuku redemption

HARARE - With their league form fluctuating, the Chibuku Super Cup presents Bulawayo giants Highlanders an opportunity to at least end the season with some silverware, according to coach Erol Akbay.

Having been expected to challenge for the title this season, Bosso find themselves in lowly 10th place on the Castle Lager Premiership log.

Highlanders trail log leaders Chicken Inn by a massive 18 points with only nine games to go before the season ends.

After a good first half of the season in which they were hanging on the coattails of the log leaders, Highlanders’ form has taken a surprising deep in the second half.

The Bulawayo giants are without a win in their last six league games having achieved two draws and four defeats.

However, the Akbay’s side can look forward to a good cup run to at least bring back the smiles on their supporters’ faces.

Bosso were given a home tie against Harare City in the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup and buoyed by their impressive showing in the 1-1 draw against Dynamos in their last outing, Akbay is confident they can go far in this competition.

“It is disappointing not to be in the title race, but we’ve got to pull ourselves together in the Chibuku Super Cup. Hopefully we can end the season on a high. I think this Cup is our only realistic chance for any silverware this season.

“So we are taking it seriously and we look forward to go all the way and lift the cup. It therefore calls for everyone at the club to work hard because it’s not going to be easy.”

Akbay, who has since made his position clear that he will not be renewing his contract with Highlanders at the end of the season, said they need to be at their best if they entertain any hopes of beating Harare City.

The last time the two teams met, the match finished goalless.

“Harare City is a good team. They have very good players who play some exciting brand of football,” Akbay said.

“So we cannot underestimate them because they can harm anyone on their day and we need to be very careful. It’s important that we stay focused.”

Akbay is deriving a lot of courage from their draw with Dynamos but has challenged his strikers to be sharp in front of goal which he feels has their Achilles heel this season.

“We played some good football against Dynamos and we were very unlucky not to win that game. I think we missed a lot of chances and I am saying our forwards need to improve if we are to win matches,” he said.

“If we can only improve on our finishing, I don’t see anything stopping us doing well.”

First Round Fixtures: 

Saturday

FC Platinum v Chapungu (Mandava), Black Rhinos v Triangle (Rufaro), Chicken Inn v Yadah FC (Ascot)

Sunday

Dynamos v Bulawayo City (Rufaro), Ngezi Platinum v CAPS United (Baobab), ZPC Kariba v Shabanie Mine (Nyamhunga), How Mine v Bantu Rovers (Ascot), Highlanders v Harare City (Mandava)

Comments (2)

bossolona u can still do it

g40 - 20 September 2017

why is Dynamos playing at home, did Chiyangwa set the match venues.

Achulu Chulu - 20 September 2017

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