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Highlanders seek Uhuru Cup redemption

After winning the country’s major cup tournament, the Mbada Diamonds Cup last year, Highlanders are looking forward to adding the 2014 Independence Trophy to their cabinet after a cup drought that dates back to 2011.

BY Fortune Mbele

Two weeks ago, Bosso lost to DeMbare in the Bob90 final. But the hurdle to this year’s Uhuru Cup final will be in-form FC Platinum, who they meet this afternoon in the semi-final at Barbourfields Stadium.

Caretaker coach Mark Mathe is confident that Bosso will cruise past FC Platinum, albeit admitting it will not be easy as the platinum miners have been in top form in pre-season.

“It is an honour playing in the Independence Cup and the boys know what is at stake. But tomorrow’s [today’s] match is going to be a difficult game against FC Platinum. FC Platinum are on top of their game but we are happy with the progress of our preparations although our main worry are injuries in camp,” Mathe said.

He added that they would be having the final assessment on injured Peter “Rio” Moyo, Milton Ncube, Erick Mudzingwa and Rahman Kutsanzira in their last training session yesterday afternoon.

“It is injuries that need late fitness tests and I cannot say if they will play or not. But should they not make it, it will give the others a chance to cement their competition for the jerseys before the season starts,” Mathe said.

A likely replacement for Rio if he is not going to be fit is Joel Ngodzo while Milton’s place could be taken by Valentine Ndaba, with Kudakwashe Mahachi and Charles Sibanda more on the attack.

Simon Munawa or Mthulisi Maphosa could play in front of the central defenders skipper Innocent Mapuranga and Felix Chindungwe while Dumisani “Fazo” Ndlovu could be thrown to the right back to replace Mudzingwa.

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