Breaking News

Highlanders out to defend BF fortress

by Staff Reporter
05 May 2018 | 1548 Views
HIGHLANDERS will be hoping to maintain their 100 percent unbeaten record at Barbourfields Stadium this year in all competitions when they take on bottom of the table but dangerous ZPC Kariba tomorrow afternoon.

Amahlolanyama have played seven games at Emagumeni this season and the young lads have jealously guarded their territory, never giving up even when down or chasing.  Their cause has also been helped by the fans who have been thronging Barbourfields in their numbers and tomorrow's encounter is not expected to be an exception.

Only two opponents have so far managed to avoid leaving the turf in defeat, Triangle and city neighbours Chicken In who managed to post a 0-0 and two apiece stalemates respectively.  All other five teams have left empty handed.

However, their opponents this time have been tricky customers and are the sole reason why Zambian import Kelvin Kaindu parted ways with the Bulawayo giants when they outclassed Bosso at Hartsfield grounds on their debut season in 2014, beating them 1-3.

That psychological supremacy might work in their favour and give them belief that maybe, just maybe, they can be the first side to hand Madinda Ndlovu his first defeat at Barbourfields Stadium.

It's an encounter that needs not to be taken lightly by the home side but there seems to be an aura of bulliness in the Highlanders camp that has been growing from game number one.

There is no guessing that Ndlovu's "ECD" boys will be keen to preserve their record that has seen them go for 630 minutes without a loss. The visitors are the only winless side in the 18 team league and have managed to score just three goals in 810 minutes of league action.

Star defender Peter Muduhwa makes a return to the squad having missed the Workers Day win over Mutare City due to suspension, while hardman Tendai Ndlovu is also available for selection having been discharged from the casualty ward and given an all clear sign by the medical department. However hard working vice captain Gabriel Nyoni, who suffered a concussion on Tuesday, has been ruled out, so is dribbling menace Godfrey 'Baba Jukwa' Makarutse who has a knock on his ankle and right back Bukhosi Ncube who continues with his rehabilitation.

"Gabriel is definitely out of this tie as a result of a mild concussion which he picked during the game against Mutare City. Makarutse has been given complete rest until Monday while Bukhosi is still out," said team doctor Shepherd Khumalo.

Muduhwa's return is however not a guarantee of an immediate return to the starting 11 on the central defence as his replacement in the Mutare City game, 18 year old Andrew Mbeba had a dream debut, putting up a classy performance alongside Carlton Siamalonga.  The young lad was unfortunate to pick up a knock towards the end of the game and Ndlovu might not want to aggravate it.

Also set to return is the duo of Adrian Silla and Nigel Makumbe. While some Highlanders fans might be skeptical of the strikeforce of Newman Sianchali and Ozias Zibande due to the number of misses, it is actually the ability to keep the defenders on the back foot  everytime whenever in possession that is key and one can only perfect their shooting skills through trying.

Unlike in past seasons, all of the Highlanders forwards have found the target this season, a clear sign of their potential.

In other matches, top two sides, FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum have relatively easy outings away to Herentals and at home to Yadah respectively while bruising derbies are on the cards in Gweru and Bulawayo when Nichrut clash with Chapungu while Chicken Inn lock horns against a buoyant Bulawayo City.

Both derbies are set to be explosive and provide full value for the paying supporters.


Today: Herentals v FC Platinum (Rufaro), Nichrut v Chapungu (Ascot), Chicken Inn v Bulawayo City (Luveve), Ngezi Platinum Stars v Yadah (Baobab)

Tomorrow: Highlanders v ZPC Kariba (Barbourfields), Shabanie Mine v Caps United (Maglas), Dynamos v Harare City (Rufaro), Triangle United v Bulawayo Chiefs (Gibbo),      Mutare City Rovers v Black Rhinos (Vengere)

Highlanders BF soccer

Source: Chronicle


Latest News

WATCH: 11 Women claim soldiers raped them

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 January 2019 | 3 Views

Tuku a cultural icon, a world changer, a true superstar and legend

by Methuseli Moyo | 24 January 2019 | 3 Views

Harare to name street after Tsvangirai

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 January 2019 | 2 Views

'Army killings prophesied Tuku's death' says Energy Mutodi

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

Chamisa, Mnangagwa talks offer last chance for Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 7 Views

Buses part of govt plan to get rid of kombis

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

'Queen Bee' buys chrome miner

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 5 Views

Zimbabwe not desperate to join Commonwealth, says Charamba

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Petrol Zimbabwe boss arrested - Catherine Katsande the Petro-Zim gener...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

Mnangagwa's prosecutor General appointment above board

by Garikai Fadzi | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Lack of truthful dialogue is hurting Mthuli Ncube

by Chris Chenga | 24 January 2019 | 3 Views

Zimra surpasses FY18 revenue target by 17,7% - Zimbabwe's net revenue ...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Chief Ndiweni calls for transitional govt

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

Soldiers beat up Gweru vendors - MEMBERS of the Zimbabwe National Army...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 2 Views

Zimbabweans push for national dialogue to end socio-economic crisis - ...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 6 Views

Cops launch manhunt for Shurugwi murder suspects - POLICE have launche...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 4 Views

Edcon ups Edgars stake - EDGARS Stores Limited (EDL) shareholders have...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Prophet Makandiwa wins 'false prophecy' lawsuit - UNITED Family Intern...

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 1 Views

Proflight airlines suspends Harare-Lusaka route

by Staff reporter | 24 January 2019 | 3 Views


Oliver Mtukudzi had blood cancer?

by Mandla Ndlovu | 23 January 2019 | 1280 Views

'Why do you worship guns?' Mnangagwa asked

by Mandla Ndlovu | 23 January 2019 | 2801 Views

BREAKING: Oliver Mtukudzi dies

by Mandla Ndlovu | 23 January 2019 | 10787 Views

Ailing Mtukudzi misses Coca-Cola awards

by Staff reporter | 23 January 2019 | 3217 Views

LISTEN: Tocky Vibes disses soldiers

by Mandla Ndlovu | 22 January 2019 | 3253 Views

Africa Human Rights Film Festival

by Agencies | 18 January 2019 | 150 Views

Mahlalela ropes in Omkhula in new film

by Staff reporter | 13 January 2019 | 375 Views

Sandra Ndebele reflects on music journey

by Staff reporter | 11 January 2019 | 309 Views

Samsung Gear Vr Innovator Edition For S6: The Perfect Vr Intro For Professionals

we're drenched in talk about the impending wave of consumer-facing vr headsets about to hit the market, starting at the end of 2015. by contrast, you can walk into a best buy right now and pick up the samsung gear vr innovator edition for the galax... Read More
Sergey 20 June 2015 ago

Ios 9 Features Inspired By Android

apple announced ios 9 on monday, and while watching the keynote, i had just a little bit of déjà vu. most of ios 9's new features seem to be squarely aimed at apple's biggest rival in mobile: android. specifically, they were about catching up to ... Read More
Sergey 13 June 2015 ago