HIGHLANDERS technical manager Mandla “Lulu” Mpofu revealed on Thursday that three of their 20 players that are eligible to do duty in the Chibuku Super Cup contest are in the treatment room ahead of the competition’s first round cluster tie against Bulawayo Chiefs on Sunday.
The 16-team tournament roars into life on Saturday.
“As the cup holders, we are under pressure because we have to defend this title. Looking at the group that we are in, it means we are going to play six derby matches and it’s not going to be easy. With the limited resources and arsenal that we have we need to push hard. We have injuries in camp. Nqobizitha Masuku, Crispen Ncube and Devine Mhindiriri are slightly injured. However, I think they will recover in time for the Sunday game,” said Mpofu.
Six of the Bosso players are ineligible to play in the first round of the country’s most lucrative competition since they are yet to receive their international transfer certificates (ITCs).
Club returnee Joel Ngodzo, Winston Mhango, Keith Mavunga who were in Zambia, Peter Muduhwa who makes a return to the black and white army from an unsuccessful stint in Tanzania, ex-Orlando Pirates player Rodi Sibanda and Lynoth Chikuhwa who was in Botswana cannot play for Bosso in this cup’s contests because they do not have ITCs, which are required for them to be issued player licences.
From the 20 eligible players, 17 are in-field and three goalkeepers.