BULAWAYO – Double chasing Highlanders and Harare City will this week switch focus to their Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-final clash at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane on Saturday.
The two teams are frontrunners for the Castle Premiership league title and will meet again in Week 29 of the league programme, but both sets of coaches said the PSL race is the furthest on their minds this week as they focus on the cup game.
“We only started training today (yesterday) and so far our preparations are progressing very well and everyone is focused on the game,” said Highlanders assistant coach Bekithemba Ndlovu.
“While we do acknowledge that we will be meeting the same team again in the league the two games we will play against them are totally different but all I can say is that as Highlanders we take every game that we play seriously.”
Harare City head coach Bigboy Mawiwi concurred with Ndlovu and added that it is not only his team and Highlanders who are chasing a league and cup double.
“It is going to be a tough encounter for us because we have a number of players who are out injured and look set to miss the Saturday game,” Mawiwi said.
“I do agree that we are one of the three teams that are still in the running for a league and cup double together with Highlanders and CAPS United, but this week we have to concentrate on the Mbada Cup semi-final.”
The City coach identified his injured players as Crispen Dickson, Witness Nyamutsaka and Crybert Muvuti.
Ndlovu, on the other hand, said none of his players had picked up injuries in their last game against Motor Action and his team had a clean bill of health.
Highlanders finally managed to beat City 2-0 earlier this year in the league programme after struggling to defeat the Harare City Council-owned team in its maiden season in the top flight in 2012.
Last year the first ever match between the two clubs finished in a 1-1 stalemate at Barbourfields Stadium while the reverse fixture ended in a scoreless draw at Rufaro Stadium.
The team that will win on Saturday at Mandava will meet the winner between CAPS United and How Mine, who will clash on Sunday in the other Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-final encounter at the National Sports Stadium.