|Kevin Kaindu disadvantaged man|
|Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00|
FROM Skumbuzo Moyo in BULAWAYO
The match starts at 4pm.
“It’s a fact that they brought in a large contingent and the number of their technical team naturally gives one a worry since I am alone and that on its own puts me in a bit of disadvantage,” said the man who led Highlanders to a second place finish in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League where they went on a record-breaking 23-match unbeaten run.
The Brazilians brought in a huge 15-member technical team led by head coach Pitso Mosimane.
Highlanders could welcome back former skipper, Gilbert Banda, who has been training with the team while former Hwange and Motor Action winger Fortune Fokoza Ncube might also be thrown into the fray.
Also in the Bosso camp is the duo of Thabani Moyo and Njabulo Ncube.
From the Brazilians’ morning training session at the match venue yesterday, former Hwange, Shabanie Mine and CAPS United utility player, Method Mwanjali could start as the right back.Mwanjali’s presence in the team, against a background of his life ban by Zifa for his alleged role in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal, will be an interesting sideshow.
Zifa vice-president, Ndumiso Gumede, said last week Mwanjali was free to play here for his foreign club but cannot do so for either a local side or the Warriors until his case has been finalised.
The irony of it all is that the same Zifa will authorise the International Transfer Certificate, in the event that Zhokinyi gets a foreign club, for him to pursue his career there despite his ban.
Zimbabwe international forward, Nyasha Mushekwi, will be the front man in a starting line-up that will also see Mamelodi Sundowns skipper Teko Modise playing as a wide midfielder on the left side.
Meawnhile, Mines and Mining Development Minister, Obert Mpofu, will be the guest of honour this afternoon with indications that he has promised the Bosso players incentives to tame their well-paid counterparts.Highlanders’ chairman, Peter Dube, could only confirm the presence of Mpofu as a guest of honour.
“I can only confirm that he will be our guest of honour not the incentive part of it as I am not aware as yet,” said Dube.