The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Reporter
HAVING beaten their fierce rivals Dynamos in the Independence Cup final on Thursday, Highlanders will look to that victory to spur them in their quest to record their first win in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League when they clash with Triangle at Barbourfields Stadium tomorrow.
Bosso recorded a sweet 2-0 triumph over DeMbare in the first meeting between the two giants of Zimbabwean football this season. A win over Dynamos is enough motivation to lift the Highlanders players in their hunt for their first set of three points in 2019.
Highlanders have drawn twice and tasted defeat once, which has left them with a paltry two points from a possible nine, something not ideal for a team of Bosso’s stature.
In their last league encounter, Highlanders were humiliated 3-1 by Harare City at Rufaro, something the Bosso players will look to put behind them when they face Triangle tomorrow.
Bukhosi Sibanda marked his Highlanders debut with a goal with Tinashe Makanda also on target as Bosso picked up their eighth Independence Cup.
Sibanda who had been sidelined by an arm injury since the start of the season gives Bosso technical manager Madinda Ndlovu more firepower upfront as they also have Prince Dube and Zambian striker Peter Nyirenda to choose from.
Nqobizitha Masuku put up a good display against Dynamos and if he combines well with the likes of Ben Musaka, Cleopas Kapupurika, Devine Mhindirira, Godfrey Makaruse, Brian Banda as well as Mbekezeli Sibanda, Bosso fans could be smiling at the end of the 90 minutes tomorrow.
Last season, Highlanders took four points from Triangle. The two teams drew 0-0 at Barbourfields before Bosso won 1-0 at Gibbo on a day when Ariel Sibanda was in top notch form. Ariel is sure to be in goals for Highlanders, with cover for him provided by Peter Muduhwa, MacClive Phiri, Mbongeni Ndlovu and Tendai Ndlovu.
Triangle had their best season in 2018 which saw them win the Chibuku Super Cup but have lost two key players from that campaign with Phineas Bamusi returning to Caps United while Lameck Nhamo joined FC Platinum. However, Taurai Mangwiro has proved to be a good reader of the game with the ability to assemble well polished sides and even without Nhamo as well as Bamusi, Triangle should be competitive enough against Highlanders.
In the only fixture lined up for this afternoon, Chapungu face Harare City at Mandava. Tomorrow, Dynamos, with two back to back defeats will be eyeing a win when they square off against Herentals at Rufaro while Manica Diamonds take on Mushowani Stars at Gibbo.