Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter
HIGHLANDERS coach Mandla Mpofu is hoping striker, Prince Dube’s hattrick for the Warriors on Sunday is a good omen ahead of their Premier Soccer League encounter against Chapungu at Barbourfields tomorrow.
Dube scored all goals as Zimbabwe beat Mauritius 3-1 at the same venue on Sunday.
Mandla said they will be banking on Dube to keep on with his fine form.
Dube has only scored one goal for Highlanders.
“It’s a confidence booster to have Dube back from a successful national duty. We hope he will translate that into the team.
“We are hosting Chapungu at the same venue where he made the nation proud.
“He cannot blow cold over night, I know he will also make us proud as
well,” said Mandla.
Highlanders have not been in action for the past two weeks.
Their games have been postponed after they had four of their key
players were out on national duty.
Captain Ariel Sibanda, vice-captain Nqobizita Masuku, Peter Muduwa and Prince Dube will be back from national duty.
Bosso had the highest number of players in the national team that dismissed Mauritius with a resounding 7-1 aggregate.
“The two weeks’ break will lower our momentum. We will encourage the team to work extra hard because the games are becoming tougher.
“We need to start grinding results at all cost. I am challenging the boys to fight for the team, “he added.
Mpofu will be looking forward to resume from where he left as he takes charge of fourth game.
He has managed three points from the possible nine, three draws from three games.
Chapungu will be looking forward to end their nine games win-less run.