Highlanders will not be worried about ZPC Kariba’s favourible record against the Bulawayo giants when the two sides face off in a Castle Larger Premier Soccer League (PSL) match to be played at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday, technical manager Madinda Ndlovu has said.
Since they were promoted into the topflight football in 2013, ZPC Kariba have proven to be Highlanders’ bogey side and last season they even beat Bosso back to back, making them the second team in the league to complete a double over Madinda’s side – the other one being Ngezi Platinum Stars.
Last season they beat Highlanders 2-1 in the same fixture, before completing a double with a 2-0 scoreline at Nyamhunga Stadium in Kariba.
However, addressing journalists during the club’s weekly press conference at Highlanders Offices, Ndlovu said his side which registered its first league win of the season by beating TelOne 1-0 last week, will not be intimidated by history and but will go to the match targeting maximum points.
“We are an organisation that has been in this for a long time so we still take every game differently. What were the circumstances in last season’s games are not going to be the same kind of circumstances this time. When we played ZPC (Kariba) last season we were walking like flamboyant boys because we were wining our games, and this time we are going to play them from a situation whereby we desperately need those points, so I don’t think it is going to be the same scenario. It’s going to be a different ball game all together,” he said.
From 2013, Bosso had to wait until June 2016 for their first ever league victory against ZPC Kariba, with Adrian Silla propelling Highlanders to a 1-0 victory with his first half left-footed powerful strike at Barbourfields Stadium.
The goal was Silla’s first Highlanders goal in his senior team career.
Highlanders who never won an away match against ZPC Kariba, last beat their Sunday opponents in 2017, when the Bulawayo giants triumphed to a 3-2 victory with Allan Gahadzikwa, Prince Dube and Godfery Makaruse scoring for Bosso.
Highlanders goes into this match oozing with confidence after scoring their first league goal of the season in their win against TelOne.
Ray Lunga scored the only goal in the 17th minute of the game, and Highlanders players resorted to a defensive approach in the second half to preserve their lead – an approach Ndlovu applauded, even though the technical bench had made some offensive changes hoping to get more goals.