Highlanders might be going to the Bulawayo derby having struggled to win a single match in the opening six rounds of the Castle Larger Premier Soccer League (PSL) season, but Chicken Inn must underestimate Bosso at their own peril.
The two sides face off at Barbourfields stadium on Sunday with Chicken Inn who are coming from morale lifting 2-0 away victory over league debutants Manica Diamond being tipped as favourites.
Highlanders on the other hand, are coming from a dry spell that has seen the Bulawayo giants play 540 league minutes without registering a win.
However, the match against the Gamecocks might be the team’s much awaited turning point if history is something to go by.
When they were going through a bad spell in 2017, Highlanders went on to register their biggest victory over Chicken on October 1, crushing the Gamecocks’ championship dream.
They beat the Rahman Gumbo coached Chicken Inn 4-0 courtesy of a Simon Munawa brace and goals from Ralph Matema and Godfrey Makaruse, condemning the Gamecocks to a third league defeat in a row after losing to Yadah and Caps United.
In that particular encounter, Chicken Inn wanted nothing short of a win to keep their hopes of a title alive, but Bosso turned on the heat and shuttered their neighbours’ championship hopes, reducing the race to a three horse race between eventual winners FC Platinum, first runners up Dynamos and Ngezi Platinum Stars.
Leading up to Chicken Inn’s encounter, Highlanders had gone on an eight-match winless streak — seven league games (four losses and three draws) and a cup game.
Highlanders’ last victory had come on July 30, when they beat Shabanie Mine 2-0 in Zvishavane.
Written off ahead of the Chicken Inn game and having been held to a 0-0 draw by youthful Bantu Rovers, Highlanders sprung from their slumber to crush the Gamecocks.
The goalless draw against Bantu Rovers, who had the audacity to give their 15-year-old Sibusiso Moyo a league debut had saw the Bulawayo giants going for seven league games without a win.
However, the difference is that this season Highlanders has a very good team that has only been unfortunate to win matches.
They have dominated their opponents, creating chances but failing to put the ball at the back of the nets.