By Courage Bushe
After a demoralising defeat at the hands of cross-town rivals Bulawayo City last weekend, Highlanders will this weekend be searching for their second victory of the season when they face equally struggling Tenax at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare.
Although it is still early days in the league, Highlanders fans have already voiced their concerns over the team’s poor performance and nothing short of victory will be acceptable.
Though conceding that he is under pressure, Boss coach Mandla Mpofu remains hopeful that his charges will flex their muscles.
“Football is a pressure job, either you win or lose, but we have worked on our mistakes and we are hopeful that we win the game against Tenax, although it will be difficult to play away, but definitely we will collect 3 points,” Mpofu enthused.
Captain Ariel Sibanda says morale is high in their camp, with the team upbeat of victory.
“Yes, the boys are ready we sat down as players and promised each other to work hard for the badge, starting with the Tenax match,” he said.
In another potentially thrilling match, FC Platinum host Harare City at Mandava Stadium with hope of ending their winless streak.
The Norman Mapeza-coached side has gone for three matches without a win, something which is uncharacteristic of the defending Champions.
Said FC Platinum assistant coach, Daniel Veremu: “Everyone is ready in the camp. We are hopeful that on Saturday we will collect maximum points against an equally good Harare City side.”
Harare City are also not faring any better with just one victory in five matches, but the return of Taurai Mangwiro has brought optimism after the respected coach led them to their only win last weekend.