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BOB 91 Super Cup play-off match pitting Highlanders and CAPS United at Barbourfields on Sunday hangs in the balance after the Bulawayo giants felt they cannot commit to the game as they have other plans during the weekend.

Highlanders are set to travel to Beitbridge to play Division One side Border Strikers.

Yesterday, Bosso chief executive Ndumiso Gumede said they were in the dark about a lot of issues concerning the Bob 91 Super Cup and until the organisers address them on these issues, the club is not going to be part of the match.

“I said to CNN (Charles Mabika) as the spokesperson of the Cup he must address these issues first before we can agree to play.

“First, the game must be cleared by the PSL. Secondly, the rules are given to us before we undertake the match so that we adequately prepare knowing whether after 90 minutes we are going straight to the penalties or extra-time.

“We also need to know the prize money. We need to know what we are playing for. Such an important game we need to camp, so who is going to pay for the camping fees.

“CNN was supposed to come back to me by midday (yesterday) but it is already past 2pm and he hasn’t come back to me,” Gumede said.

The Bosso chief executive said they have no problem in fulfilling both matches this weekend if their concerns are addressed.

Border Strikers have been flighting aertisements about the game with Highlanders in the Chronicle.

“We cannot disappoint Beitbridge people so we can have the other team in Beitbridge and others remain in Bulawayo. “We have 30 quality players registered. We can field two teams.

“The other one goes to Beitbridge and the other team remains in Bulawayo. We have no problem with that.

“But we cannot participate until we have been told what’s in it for us. There is so much confusion around,” said Gumede.

Yesterday, Mabika said everything was in place as the game has already been cleared by Premier Soccer League.

“We are working on that, the rules and regulations and they will be availed to the teams before Sunday. As for the prize money, we don’t have the figures as yet but there is prize money and we are just finalising on the figures and cannot prematurely release that information and then later change the figures too,” he said.

Away from the impasse, the Green Machine camp continued with their preparations with coach Mark Harrison saying it would be a difficult game.

Harrison says he will try different players in different areas.

“It is going to be a difficult game. I don’t know much about Highlanders but we respect them.

“Of course we will try and beat Highlanders. Every game we enter we try to win. We are confident and the morale is high.

“You will probably see different players in different areas. It is still a learning curve and its still pre season and the process of assembling a team is ongoing despite playing in some Cup games,” he said.

The Briton said while there is still a lot of work to do with the team he is having co-operation from all fronts. “They are a great bunch, willing and hard working. I am enjoying my time with them,” he said.

Last weekend, senior players like captain Hardlife Zvirekwi, Moses Muchenje, Gerald Phiri and Ronald Pfumbidzai alongside newboys such as Justice Jangano and Victor Twaliki starred in the victory against bitter rivals Dynamos.

However, Harrison said he would continue to tinker with the team and trying players in different positions until his side strikes the right chords.

Source : The Herald