BULAWAYO – Highlanders midfielder Peter Rio Moyo has launched a passionate plea to the clubs fans not to press the panic button yet following a string a poor results.
The Bulawayo giants have lost two games on the trot after going down 1-0 to Chicken Inn in the Bulawayo derby before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of CAPS United inside four days.
Those two defeats has seen the Bosso lead at the top of the Castle Premiership log being cut by Chicken Inn, who are now only in second place because of an inferior goal difference.
“I understand the fans’ anguish because they part with their hard earned money to come and watch us but they should not despair because we are still on top of the log,” Moyo told the Daily News yesterday.
The dreadlocked midfielder believes the Bulawayo giants’ fortunes will improve when league action resumes after the BancABC Sup8r Cup quarterfinals this weekend.
“My plea is for the fans to be patient with us and they have to understand that all teams do go through a rough patch,” Moyo said.
“The fans have to keep backing us even when the chips are down and I believe that no player can deliberately play badly because this is our job and no one in their right mind can intentionally jeopardise their livelihoods.”
Bosso were drawn to play against FC Platinum at Mucheke Stadium this Saturday in the Sup8r quarterfinals.
Moyo believes the match presents the perfect opportunity for Bosso to return to winning ways and put on a cup run that can see them add some silverware early in the season.
“We will fight very hard for victory in the cup game because we have to rediscover our winning formula if we are to finish the season with some silverware,” he said.
“I believe God is on our side because even after the recent losses we still lead the log standings and now it is up to us the players to work hard and become achievers at the end of the season.”
Moyo is slowly discovering the form that saw him being touted as the next big thing in his debut season in the top – flight last year.
The midfielder’s game looked to have suffered after Bosso coach Kelvin Kaindu experimented by using him in a wide berth.
Moyo has, however, been deployed in his more favoured central role in recent weeks and he is optimistic that he will start scoring regularly after working on that aspect of his game at training.
“I have been working on my finishing at training and hopefully all the hard work that I have put in will pay off in the second half of the season,” Moyo said.
The Bosso-Platinum quarterfinal appears to be the blockbuster clash of the Sup8r quarterfinals and is likely to attract a full house at Mucheke.
Saturday’s game will be the first in charge for newly appointed Platinum interim coach Lloyd Mutasa.
The Zvishavane-based platinum miners were rocked earlier this month by the resignation of Tenant Chilumba, who returned to his native Zambia to take charge of Power Dynamos.
Initially the club appointed Chilumba’s assistant, Tendai Chikuni to be caretaker coach.
Chikuni took charge of the team for two matches as he guided them to a 0-0 draw with Motor Action before defeating Black Rhinos 1-0 at the weekend.
In a surprise move last weekend, Platinum announced Mutasa’s appointment saying that he will work together with Chikuni for the rest of the season.
Friday: Chicken Inn v Shabanie Mine (Mandava)
Saturday: Highlanders v FC Platinum (Mucheke)
Sunday: Dynamos v Buffaloes, Motor Action v Monomotapa (Gibbo).