BULAWAYO – Highlanders will on Wednesday switch their focus back to the Castle Premiership title race when they host tricky Triangle at Barbourfields Stadium as the Bulawayo giants seek glory on two fronts.
Bosso are on a high after progressing to the final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup at the weekend at the expense of Harare City, who also happen to be one of Bosso’s rivals for the league title.
Triangle were also one of Highlanders’ victims as the Kelvin Kaindu’s men charted their path to the final of the richest cup competition in the land and revenge will certainly be their agenda.
Gishon Ntini, the visitors’ head coach, is on record backing Dynamos to lift the league championship after his charges had played out a 2-2 draw with the defending champions in Week 27.
The well-travelled coach had prior to that match touted himself as the one who held the keys to the championship race and yesterday he said his charges will be gunning for a win against Bosso.
“All our remaining matches are vital for us as we are targeting to finish in the top half of the table and we will be playing for a win on Wednesday,” Ntini said.
The reverse fixture finished in a 3-2 victory for Highlanders and this was the same scoreline also in the Mbada Diamonds Cup game, with Bosso again emerging victorious.
Former Tsholotsho player Pasca Manhanga chose the Mbada game to remind Bulawayo fans of his trickery with an explosive performance that has seen him overtake Lameck Nhamo as the creative hub for the sugar cane farmers.
Manhanga will certainly be the man to watch for Triangle and it will be interesting to see how the Highlanders technical team will deal with his threat.
Highlanders’ victory over Harare City came at a cost as defender Dumisani Ndlovu, right-back Lawson Nkomo and holding midfielder Hillary Madzivanyika all failed to finish the game after picking up injuries.
But Kaindu and his team have enough depth within their team and can come up with able replacements.
Midfielder Peter “Rio” Moyo, who did not make the team last weekend, is expected to make a comeback to a side that struggled in midfield against the Sunshine Boys in the second half.
Highlanders will however be missing the services of their star striker Njabulo Ncube, who will be serving his suspension after his dismissal in the match against Dynamos in Week 26.
Ncube had a splendid first half outing at Mandava last Saturday in the cup game and his absence is likely to be felt.
Young Gabriel Nyoni appears to have fizzled out after initially showing a lot of promise and Milton Ncube may find himself being assigned as an out-and-out striker by the Bosso technical team.
Highlanders trail log leaders and defending champions Dynamos and second played Harare City by a single point going into tomorrow’s clash.
The Glamour Boys and the Sunshine Boys are tied on 49 points while Bosso are on 48.