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GWERU – Time to separate the men from the boys!

Norman Mapeza
Norman Mapeza

This is perhaps the best description to describe Highlanders’ visit to Vhengere Stadium in Rusape, where the troubled Bulawayo giants are set to clash with league new-comers, Dongo Sawmills.

A lot has happened behind the scenes where the Bosso coach Bongani Mafu is under limelight, following a poor start of the team this season. This week the gaffer was barred from giving interviews to the media following his discredited “even Jesus will not coach Highlanders” jibe.

Mafu was quoted as saying the Bosso supporters were too impatient to an extent that they would not make it easy for even a faultless coach to lead the team.

Bosso have this year had their worst start to the season. They sit on an unfamiliar position seven on the 16-team log with seven points from five games. Two wins against Tsholotsho and Hwange, a draw against Buffaloes and two losses against ZPC Kariba and Chapungu put together the sad tale.

The near-debacle was evident after the home loss to Chapungu, when fans at the Barbourfields Stadium made their way to the Highlanders clubhouse, where they conducted peaceful demonstrations against the bizarre performance of their beloved side that last tasted PSL glory in 2006.

Turning around this chapter and reviving the songs of praise the supporters now long to sing can therefore, start with the Vhengere Stadium battle.

Dongo Sawmills do not look like a side that can hand Bosso yet another upset. Led by Shadreck “Father” Mugurasave, they are yet to record their first victory of the PSL, as they sit precariously in the relegation zone with two points from five matches. They are third placed from the bottom – only separated from log anchors Whwa-Whwa by a superior goal difference.

The Manicaland side also only boasts of skilful striker Dylan Chiwandire and former soccer star-of-the-year, Evans Chikwaikwai in terms of depth, as those are the only lads with PSL experience in the squad.

Bosso should therefore, use the match as a springboard to land on the starting point of an era full of colourful results going forward.

Elsewhere, champions Dynamos will meet Harare City, while Chicken Inn and How Mine are scheduled for the first Bulawayo derby.

Wha-Wha will host Norman Mapeza’s FC Platinum in Gweru, with Flame Lily billed to meet Triangle. Chapungu will be at home to Hwange FC.

Mark Harrison’s Caps United date ZPC Kariba.

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