Bosso eye CAPS scalp

HARARE - Highlanders coach Erol Akbay has urged his charges to finish the season positively following a disappointing campaign.

The Bulawayo giants travel to Harare to face CAPS United tomorrow at the National Sports Stadium desperate for maximum points to secure their place in the top flight next season.

Bosso have had a difficult season and are set to finish the campaign empty handed as they are trailing log leaders FC Platinum by a massive 19 points.

They were also knocked out of the Chibuku Super Cup in the first round by Harare City to cap off a poor season.

In fact, Highlanders risk being chopped at the end of the season as they are currently sitting seventh on the log table with 40 points just nine points above Shabanie Mine, who occupy the last relegation slot on the log table.

If Bosso fail to win at least three of their remaining six matches, the Bulawayo giants could find themselves being dragged into the relegation dog fight.

Akbay, who has already announced he will be leaving the club at the end of the season, believes that maximum points from their final six fixtures would give the team some valuable momentum ahead of next year.

“I think it’s important in these last few games, we can put some markers down and have something to build upon next season. It’s a great opportunity to win back more confidence for the team and the fans,” Akbay told the Daily News yesterday.

“Working hard at the moment is the only way we can show that we want to improve. I think we have been playing some good football in our previous matches and have also shown some improvement in front of goal but we need to be consistent.”

On their match against CAPS United, Akbay said: “Every game is important even if you don’t win anything. We are approaching the game just like what we have been doing in our previous matches.

“We know we are coming up against a good team with very good players. So it’s not going to be an easy match. But we have confidence to win our remaining matches.

“That’s our objective before every match. We are playing away from home and we will go for the three points.”

Akbay added that they are not worried about the prospect of being involved in the thickest of relegation matrix.

“We are not really worried about relegation you know Highlanders is a big team they are too good to be relegated,” he said.

In their last league match, Highlanders dismissed Triangle 1-3 away at Gibbo Stadium and will be eager to carry on from where they left off.

Bosso got their goals from Simon Munawa, Ray Lunga while Triangle defender Guthrie Zhokinyu scored an own goal that afternoon.

CAPS United on the other hand will also be desperate for maximum points having been held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by 10-man Black Rhinos in their last league match.

The army side played for over 70 minutes a man down after their captain Bruce Homora was harshly sent off for a high boot challenge on CAPS forward Dominic Chungwa in the first half.

Makepekepe come into tomorrow’s game in fifth place with 46 points and a win would increase their chances of a top-four finish.

Lloyd Chitembwe’s side currently trail fourth-placed Chicken Inn by nine points but have a game in hand.   

Fixtures:

Tomorrow: CAPS United v Highlanders (NSS)

Friday: Harare City v FC Platinum (Rufaro)

Saturday: Bulawayo City v Chapungu (Barbourfields), Yadah v How Mine (Rufaro), Ngezi Platinum v Dynamos (2pm, Baobab)

Sunday: Tsholotsho v Bantu Rovers (Dulivhadzimo), Shabanie Mine v Triangle United (Maglas), Highlanders v Black Rhinos (Barbourfields), CAPS United v Hwange (NSS), ZPC Kariba v Chicken Inn (Nyamhunga).

Comments (1)

approach each game with a positive mindset and play like its your last

g40 - 27 October 2017

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