Bosso entice fans. . . as Madinda braces for CAPS' visit

HIGHLANDERS will not hike gate charges for Sunday’s blockbuster Castle Lager Premiership clash against Harare rivals CAPS United at Barbourfields stadium as they hope to attract a bumper crowd.

The Bulawayo giants could have chosen to cash in on the blockbuster tie and have applied to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to increase the cheapest ticket for the game to $10, but instead resisted the temptation.

Bosso have kept the cheapest ticket for the eagerly-anticipated encounter at $5 while fans intending to watch the game from the grand stand will have to pay $10. VIP tickets for Sunday’s match will be going for $20 each.

“The blockbuster will never be this cheaper! Get charges for @capsunitedfczw won’t be hiked. It’s RTGs $5, RTGs $10 and RTGs $20 for Rest of Ground, Wing and VIP respectively,” Highlanders announced on their official Twitter account yesterday afternoon.

Bosso have also dangled a carrot to their fans by availing a massive 50 percent discount to fans that will purchase tickets using OneMoney, a mobile transaction service offered by their main sponsors NetOne — meaning fans will pay a measly RTGS$2,50 to watch the tie..

At the moment, most football fans included are struggling to keep up the pace with the rising cost of living.
Prices for most basic commodities have all skyrocketed in recent weeks.

However, with the price for the cheapest ticket remaining at $5, more fans are likely to fill up Barbourfields.

This encounter has grabbed the attention of the nation as it will be the first game that former Highlanders winger Gabriel Nyoni and striker Newman Sianchali will be returning to Barbourfields after signing for Makepekepe in pre-season.

Nyoni joined the Green Machine after negotiations with Bosso for a new contract collapsed and appears to have become an instant hit with the fans judging by his first game last weekend against Manica Diamonds.

The 27-year-old, who spent six years at Highlanders, was a constant threat last weekend for Luke Masomere’s rearguard with his intelligent runs on the flanks before being hacked down inside the box to win a penalty for United in a marauding first half.

Joel Ngodzo scored the resultant spot kick to add to a John Zhuwawo opener to cap a fine afternoon for Lloyd Chitembwe and his charges.

Sianchali looked lively after he was introduced in the 70th minute and went on to cause a lot of problems for the Gems Boys defence.

The former Highlanders forward could have scored a brace but on both occasions was denied by some brilliant goalkeeping from Jorum Muchambo.  

Nyoni and Sianchali will once again be desperate to continue from where they left off when they return to Barbourfields but this time in Makepekepe colours.

Highlanders coach Madinda Ndlovu is aware of the threat that is likely posed by his former players.
“CAPS, Highlanders are always fantastic games. CAPS have taken some of our former players and we have beefed up as well. We share the same father who is NetOne, so it’s a matter of two kids desperate to impress the father,” Ndlovu.

“I should say let the best team win in that game but it’s always a good game when Highlanders and CAPS meet.”
Highlanders got their 2019 campaign off to a decent start with a 1-1 draw against Black Rhinos at the National Sports Stadium last Saturday.

Ndlovu was pleased with his team’s shift and expects them to improve in the coming fixtures starting with United’s visit on Sunday.

“Most of our players are still on the decline in terms of fitness but we are going to work on that and I think it is a different ball game altogether this season,” he said.

“We are not going out there to say we are building, we are not building. We have built the house now we are there to decorate the house.”

The CAPS United technical team were seated in the stands to watch that game between Rhinos and Highlanders last weekend and Chitembwe probably saw enough to work on his gameplan for the trip to Barbourfields.

“The approach is the same to try and go there and get a good result,” Chitembwe said ahead of the match.  
PSL Fixtures:

Saturday: FC Platinum v Triangle United (Mandava), Bulawayo Chiefs v TelOne FC  (Luveve), ZPC Kariba v Herentals (Nyamhunga), Yadah v Chicken Inn (Rufaro), Ngezi Platinum Stars v Mushowani Stars (Baobab)
Sunday: Manica Diamonds v Harare City (Gibbo), Dynamos v Hwange (Rufaro), Highlanders v CAPS United (Barbourfields), Chapungu v Black Rhinos (Mandava)

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