ZIM: Two soccer giants set to battle tomorrow at Barbourfields
The re-arranged Castle Lager Premier Soccer League will battle at Barbourfields stadium in Bulawayo tomorrow and will see the two soccer giants will meet Highlanders and Dynamos.
The two giants were supposed to meet last month but due to the Independence Trophy final which was held in Mt Darwin in April and the fixture was shelved.
Bosso had the last laugh as they won the Uhuru Cup match in a penalty lottery. However, Dembare is planning to avenge their loss and this might be a campaign comeback for them in the PSL as they are in a position.
DeMbare has been struggling for consistency in the league and they are currently on a run of three draws. In three matches against Cranborne Bullets, Triangle, and Manica Diamonds they have failed to collect three points.
While their, Thursday opponents Bosso are yet to lose a match in nine outings this term.
Dembare coach has accepted that the team hasn’t been doing well in the field but they are planning to change that. He also described the 2Highlanders as a unique team, which is doing well in this year’s season.
“We have not been doing really well in the past three or so weeks, especially in front of goal. The team has been playing some decent football but the cutting edge isn’t there. We need to do more as a team, we need to do more as a group to achieve what we have to achieve,” said Maruwa.
He added that as a team they need to be more creative and bring the final pass.
“We need to have the killer pass as a team. It doesn’t really matter who scores, we just need to score goals whether one is a striker or defender, the goals will be for the team. We are not treating the match against Highlanders as a special fixture. It’s a normal game, one of those other games if you ask me. But we cannot take away the fact that Highlanders is a big team. They are also doing very well in the league. They have already beat us in the Independence Trophy final and all that should motivate us to want to do more,” he said.
Dynamos Coach further informed that the team won’t be with their captain, Frank Makarati who is injured.
In the Highlanders Camp, they have also shown signs of warriors who are prepared to defend their legacy of defeating Dembare despite Bosso also having three consecutive draws.
Speaking at the team’s weekly press conference held at Utande Internet Services, Technical Manager Baltemar Brito, said he was not reading much into the recent results and the team will play just like any other game in order to collect maximum points.
“The three draws don’t mean we’re bad. In terms of strategy, the boys were playing in the half of the opponent and we didn’t concede many goals, just one goal,” said Brito.
Meanwhile, Highlander’s spokesperson Maphosa, confirmed the price Hike of the match, sighting that the match is being held on a Holiday and it’s a unique match.
“This is our biggest game and being the only fixture of the holiday, the PSL has granted us permission to increase the gate charges to US$5 for the rest of the ground, US$10 for the grandstand wings, and US$15 for the VIP,” said Maphosa.
Therefore, if Highlanders collects three points they will be on top of the logo while if Dynamos collects the three points they will climb the ladder into the top four position.
A draw will also mean,Highlanders are the leaders of the logo for Dynamos which means they remain at the itch position.