By Mthokozisi Dube
Inform Bulawayo giants Highlanders are bracing for a stern test of character when they face unpredictable Triangle United in a league match set for Babourfields stadium this Sunday.
Triangle are on a revenge mission after being eliminated from the Chibuku Super Cup by Highlanders.
Fresh from getting the elusive away win in the league last weekend, Highlanders are shifting focus to their home tie against Lowveld-based side, Triangle United.
Highlanders are refusing to read much into their recent away victory over Triangle in a Chibuku Super Cup contest, with their coach Baltemer Brito urging their fans to invade Emagumeni and rally the boys for a decent finish.
“When we took over, we made it clear that we are building and as such we are giving these young stars a chance because they have been working so hard at training. With the triangle game it’s a new game altogether and we are ready for the challenge,” Brito said.
With Highlanders captain Ariel Sibanda suspended after accumulating three yellow cards, his understudy Raphael Pitisi will make his second appearance after earning his debut last week against Yadah.
Despite conceding two goals against Yadah, Pitisi is relishing the opportunity.
“I was a bit jittery in my debut, but all I can say is that I promise to play well. Highlanders is a big a club and I will have to utilise this chance very well,” Pitisi said.
Triangle will not be push-overs as they are plotting an upset.
Triangle United head coach Jairos Tapera noted, “What happened in the Chibuku is now water under the bridge. We are gunning for three points although we know Highlanders will be playing in front of their intimidating home crowd.”
Match Day 27 fixtures begin this Friday with Herentals taking on Yadah at the National Sports Stadium.
On Saturday, relegation-threatened Bulawayo City welcome Craneborne Bullets at Barbourfields Stadium, while another battle for survival is set to erupt when Harare City host ZPC Kariba at the National Sports Stadium.
Defending champions and log leaders FC Platinum face a stern test when they visit WhaWha at Ascot Stadium where many giants have fallen.
The last game on Saturday is the clash between Ngezi Platinum Stars and Bulawayo Chiefs at Baobab Stadium.
On Sunday, Dynamos travel to Rusape for a date with Black Rhinos at Vengere Stadium, Highlanders welcome Triangle United at Barbourfields, while CAPS United play Tenax at the National Sports Stadium.
The match between Manica Diamonds and third-placed Chicken Inn set for Tuesday concludes Match Day 27 fixtures.