A battle fit for a President

Langton Nyakwenda
AFTER their titanic Castle Lager Premier Soccer League clash was postponed on three occasions, Zimbabwean football powerhouses Dynamos and Highlanders finally get a chance to fight it out in a match that will be part of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inauguration programme at the National Sports Stadium today.

The match kicks off at 3pm and both sides yesterday indicated they would unleash their A-list players for a clash Zifa president Phillip Chiyangwa says is perfect for such an occasion.

“We have two of the country’s biggest teams in action so it’s going to be massive. As the custodians of football we are thrilled that our discipline has been given pride of place at the President’s inauguration.

“ED has been very supportive of football. We wish him well and look forward to getting more support from the highest office in the land,” said Chiyangwa.

The last time DeMbare and Bosso clashed was in the first part of the Battle of Zimbabwe which ended 1-0 in favour of the Bulawayo giants at Rufaro Stadium on April 2.

Ozias Zibande scored the solitary strike but the nomadic goal poacher is no longer with “Tshilamoya”, having moved across to Bulawayo City in the mid-season transfer window.

Bosso still have speed merchant Gabriel Nyoni, the exciting Nigel Makumbe and workaholic central midfielder Adrian Silla.

Veteran ‘keeper Ariel Sibanda has also been in top form for Highlanders, prompting some to question why the Bosso shot stopper is missing from the Zimbabwe national squad that will face Congo in an Afcon qualifier in Brazzaville on September 9.

Highlanders CEO Nhlanhla Dube told The Sunday Mail Sport that the club was taking the game “very seriously”.

“It’s a very important national event so we are taking this match very seriously, we hope to put up a good fight in Harare,” said Dube.

Dynamos manager Richard “Nyoka” Chihoro has promised fireworks from his team and believes a victory over old nemesis Highlanders will boost DeMbare’s morale getting into the league’s home stretch.

“We were preparing for Caps United and Highlanders were also preparing for Shabanie Mine but all the same we will adjust for this Bosso match. Whenever we play Highlanders or Caps United it is always explosive.

“These kind of matches are all about bragging rights and we will put up a big fight. All the players are fit and available for selection,” said Chihoro.

Dynamos star midfielder Denver Mukamba loves such grand matches and must be relishing another chance to answer his critics in front of a full house.

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