IT is an enormous match in Zimbabwe’s football calendar and one that provides Highlanders and CAPS United with an exciting opportunity to make a statement, in a season when coaches from both clubs are determined to improve performances and results.
Following the recent excellent performances in which two consecutive wins were earned, with one coming via a Tinashe Makanda strike against Black Rhinos last Saturday, there is a growing confidence that Bosso can continue with their positive form so far in their 2019 Premier League campaign.
An away victory against Makepekepe in the marquee game of Match Day 19, cheered by their die-hard fans at the giant National Sports Stadium on Sunday, would provide a boost to Mandla Mpofu’s lads and everybody associated with Bosso, both on and off the pitch. On the other hand Mpofu’s opposite number, Lloyd Chitembwe, who leads a side that now sits on position two on the log standings, will be looking to remain on a banger by putting on a show to remember in front of their home fans. The sides are on the road to reclaiming their status among the Premier League’s best, thus Bosso and CAPS should serve up a special treat on Sunday.
With both Mpofu as well as Chitembwe opting for modern, attacking styles, the game should be a high-tempo punctuated battle.
The last time these two met at Barbourfields Stadium the match did not produce the most exciting contest as CAPS United managed to extend their unbeaten run over Highlanders following a goalless draw in early April.
The Green Machine last tasted defeat in the tie in 2016.
With the likes of Makanda, Prince Dube, Ray Lunga, Devine Mhindirira and Brian Banda all looking to make a statement in Bosso colours, they could operate with a higher intensity to produce thrilling attacking football.
But how the Peter Muduhwa-marshalled Bosso defence holds up against Joel Ngodzo and Phineas Bamusi’s electric Makepekepe attacking line is only something the footballing Gods can answer.
All eyes will be on in-form Ngodzo, a former Bosso son, for he has taken Chitembwe’s style superbly, making him the player to watch out for.
Ngodzo’s sublime dribbling ability and clutch work in the middle of the park and in the final third will be decisive in winning the game for the Green Machine.
Highlanders and CAPS United have both enjoyed a rich vein of form and they will probably cancel each other out in the pending duel. It should be an exciting, goal-scoring draw with plenty of drama to get the league on a higher note.
Meanwhile, in another big match of the week, Nation Dube’s Hwange will hope to replicate their season-opening heroics by sneaking another famous win over Dynamos at Colliery Stadium.
Championship contenders Chicken Inn will on Saturday welcome Yadah FC at Luveve Stadium while TelOne meet Bulawayo Chiefs at Ascot Stadium.
Relegation threatened Mushowani Stars have a date with Ngezi Platinum Stars at Trojan Mine.
Zimbabwe’s representatives in the 2019 /2020 Caf Champions League and Confederations Cup competitions FC Platinum and Triangle meet at Gibbo Stadium on Sunday.
PSL Week 19 Fixtures
Black Rhinos v Chapungu (NSS), Harare City v Manica Diamonsds (Rufaro), Chicken Inn v Yadah FC (Luveve), TelOne v Bulawayo Chiefs (Ascot)
Herentals v ZPC Kariba (Rufaro), CAPS United v Highlanders (NSS), Hwange v Dynamos (Colliery), Mushowani Stars v Ngezi Platinum Stars (Trojan), Triangle v FC Platinum (Gibbo)