12 May, 2022 - 00:05 0 Views
ARIEL BACKS LULU TOGETHER AS ONE . . . Highlanders captain, Ariel Sibanda (left) has called for support for under-fire coach, Mandla “Lulu” Sibanda (centre), from the fans and will be expecting midfielder, Nqobizita Masuku, to lead them to victory over Dynamos


Bruce Chikuni 

HIGHLANDERS skipper, Ariel Sibanda, has urged fans to throw their full weight behind coach Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu ahead of their Battle of Zimbabwe showdown against Dynamos.

Bosso will take on their biggest rivals in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Barbourfields on Sunday.

The Bulawayo giants are having an indifferent season in which they sit just two points above the relegation zone. 

Mpofu has been under the microscope following a series of poor results. 

They have won only two league games in their last nine fixtures.

Some analysts claim this could be a make-or-break game for Mpofu with defeat marking the end of his time in charge of Bosso.

Should that happen, it would come at a huge cost for the coach who will be forced to surrender the vehicle he has been using, which was donated by sponsors Sakunda Holdings.

The vehicle can only be used by the Bosso coach, according to the terms of the agreement.

Highlanders last faced DeMbare this season in the Independence Cup and Bosso won the tournament courtesy of a goal by Stanley Ngala.

The Glamour Boys are at the summit of the log after picking 30 points so far this season.

The two giants shared the spoils in their last league matches in contrasting fashion.

DeMbare conceded a last-gasp equaliser, in a 1-1 draw, while Bosso erased a two-goal deficit, against Bulawayo Chiefs, to earn a point.

“So far so good, everyone is focused and ready for the game,” said Sibanda. 

“We have minor injuries and some are still being assessed by the medical team.

“I think everyone is calm and focused as you know it’s a big game, obviously we are expecting to win.

“We are expecting a difficult and interesting match, we are playing against a good side, they have great quality and a good coach too, so it’s going to be a good game.”

Bosso are the only Premiership side yet to lose at home this season.

“We have to carry the same fighting spirit we have been showing of late, I’m confident of a positive result,” he said. 

“When it comes to derby matches, there are no excuses, the team which wants it more will always walk away as the winner. 

“Form doesn’t count, what is important are the three points.

“I’m urging the fans to give full support to the coach and the players as well.

“At Bosso, we are a family, we should always thrive in unity and peace, everything which we are trying to do is about protecting the interest of the badge.”

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