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VICTORY number 15!

This is probably what will be in the Highlanders players’ minds when they troop into Ascot in their opening Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter with Chapungu at Ascot this afternoon.

In the city there will be a double dose at Luveve.

Bantu Rovers, who return to the elite league after four years, will start the ball rolling against Black Rhinos before Chicken Inn take to the field to square off against Harare City.

Bosso have recorded 14 wins over Chapungu since the turn of the millennium. Inspired by the arrival of Kelvin Kaindu from Zambia, the zeal to please their multitude of supporters as well as maintaining their proud record over the Premiership returnees, Amahlolanyama have already cast aside the four-game pre-season demon and are now fully focused for the job at hand this afternoon.

With Kaindu arriving back in the country yesterday afternoon and quickly getting down to business, Highlanders will be wary of letting the favourites tag blind them, especially after the airmen, eager to start their reunion with the elite league, embarrassed them in the CG Msipa Invitational tournament.

Bosso enjoy a proud 14 wins, a single draw and a loss over Chapungu in the 16 matches that the two teams have played since 2000, in the process drilling the nets 32 times past Chapungu.

“We respect Highlanders as a big club in Zimbabwe but as Chapungu we are not under any pressure to beat Highlanders,” said Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino.

“It is them who are under pressure to get a positive result from us as they are a big side and are already being touted as title contenders.

“We are promising them a good game and we are confident of collecting maximum points especially after we beat them during the semi-finals of the CG Msipa Trophy which gives us a huge psychological boost ahead of the match.”

For Bosso assistant coach Mark Mathe, though, it’s about protecting the reputation and legacy of the Highlanders family.

“Highlanders is ready for this and other games, we need to defend the integrity and reputation of this institution and the good thing is that even the boys are fully aware of that,” said Mathe.

“We know for sure that it’s now the real thing. As has been the norm with Highlanders in previous years, our first game is always a must-win and win we must on Saturday (today).”

At the Colliery, Hwange will want to bring smiles on the faces of their fans during a tough period for the community at the coal miner where workers have struggled to get their salaries from their employer in recent months.

The coalminers face a Buffaloes team led by Luke Masomere.

“We can’t wait for Sunday (tomorrow) to arrive. We believe we have done our part during preparations and now it’s up to the boys to apply it,” said Hwange coach Nation Dube.

Source : The Herald