Bosso invade the capital Kelvin Kaindu

Langton Nyakwenda Sports Reporter

HIGHLANDERS will play a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League tie in Harare for the first time this season, when they engage Herentals at Rufaro this afternoon, hoping to immediately bounce back to winning ways.

The Premiership log leaders’ six-match unbeaten run was halted by Bulawayo rivals Chicken Inn, who handed them a 2-1 defeat at Barbourfields last Sunday.

But with their nearest rivals Simba Bhora also succumbing to a 1-0 loss at Bulawayo Chiefs and third-placed FC Platinum blowing a 2-0 lead before being held 2-2 by newboys Bikita Minerals, Highlanders remained atop the log standings.

Kelvin Kaindu’s men have a one-point advantage over Simba Bhora who are back on the road for a trip to Bikita Minerals at Sakubva.

The closest that Highlanders had come to Harare so far this season was when they visited Ngezi Platinum Stars in a match in which they rallied from behind to snatch a vital point of a 1-1 draw.

As they visit Rufaro for the first time since the old stadium reopened its doors to football action, Highlanders might also find solace in the fact that they have never lost against Herentals in the league since 2018 when The Students were promoted to the top-flight. Highlanders and Herentals have met eight times. From those meetings, Bosso had five wins, while the other three contests ended in stalemates. But the defeat to Chicken Inn could dent their confidence and Kaindu is sure to demand an immediate response from his charges.

“You can tell from the response from our players that the defeat was painful,” Kaindu told the media soon after the loss to the Gamecocks.

Kaindu wants to build character in his team and it looked like Bosso was slowly gaining the invincible tag until last Sunday when they were stopped by Chicken Inn.

They now face a Herentals outfit who are having an indifferent start to the season.

Herentals are second from bottom with five points from seven outings.

The Students, who parted ways with long-serving coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziwa at the start of the year, have just one win to show for their efforts and three draws.

They have also been sterile in front of goal, firing blanks in four matches.

On the contrary, Highlanders have scored 11 times in seven matches.

Bosso has managed to find the back of the net in all of their matches. Striker Lynoth Chikuhwa has started the season well and has now scored four goals. He is expected to carry Bosso’s hopes as the Bulawayo giants arrive in the capital.

The last time Highlanders played a league game at Rufaro was on November 3, 2019, when they drew 1-1 against traditional rivals Dynamos.

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