Tadious Manyepo Sports Reporter
AFTER downing title aspirants Ngezi in their last match, Herentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva says his charges are fired up and ready to face Highlanders at Barbourfields tomorrow.
The ambitious Harare team defied odds to beat Ngezi last week with 17-year-old Tinotenda Benza scoring the priceless goal.
Mutiwekuziva believes his team can take the momentum to Bulawayo tomorrow.
“The win we posted last week over Ngezi is still on our minds just as a confidence booster, but we are not dwelling much into it going into the match against Highlanders,” said Mutiwekuziva.
“Highlanders are a very good team, one of the traditional local heavyweights and they should be treated as such.
“Besides, they are the only team who beat us after outplaying us in the first leg, so they deserve every inch of our respect.
“However, we have made some remarkable progress since.
“We are approaching the match with caution, but we will be gunning for an outright win.
“We have gathered enough experience in the top-flight and we are ready to face any opponent.
“My players are eager to go and I am happy they now show more hunger to prove they are worthy their salt.’’
Highlanders will be hoping they exorcise the ghost which has seen them drop nine points in their last three outings.
Their 0-1 defeat at the hands of Black Rhinos is still fresh in the Bulawayo side’s minds and stand-in captain, Charlton Siyamalonga says it’s high time the former champions start picking up points.
The central defender, who usually partners Peter Mudhuwa in the heart of Bosso defence, said they have the capacity to collect the maximum points against Herentals.
“We are a young team playing an attractive brand of football,’’ he said.
“We always remember that we are Highlanders and we ought to know what is expected to be done when you are playing for this big team.
“We have gone for too many games without picking up a victory. Three games in a row without winning is not a joke.
“I think we should remember we represent a very big big institution with a lot of followers and we cannot let them down.
“We have to pull up our socks. We face Herentals on Sunday (tomorrow), a good team in terms of current form.
“They shot down Ngezi Platinum Stars in their last match and that shows how dangerous they can be.
They have a lot of good youngsters just like us and it will be a tough game.’’
Meanwhile, ZPC Kariba are ready to unleash the league’s top scorer David Temwanjira in their match against Rhinos at Nyamhunga this afternoon.
The highly rated striker moved to Kariba this mid-season and is expected to add firepower at the team.
The army team could also give their new acquisition, Honey Chimutimunzeve, a run as they aim to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games.