Gate charges outcry!…Bosso plead with fans ahead of Manica Diamonds tie

Innocent Kurira, [email protected]

HIGHLANDERS coach, Kelvin Kaindu reckons their clash with Manica Diamonds this afternoon would have had a greater appeal had it been played on a Sunday.

Kaindu believes an interesting match is on the cards when the two teams play at Barbourfields Stadium this afternoon.

“I think the fact that we are playing a team that is in good form makes this game very interesting. It is unfortunate it has come midweek, otherwise it would have been even more exciting if it was played on a Sunday. It will be important for us to get back on track against Manica. The morale in camp is high and l am confident we will do well,” said Kaindu. The Zambian coach said the duo of Archford Faira and Godfrey Makaruse are being monitored to see if they will be fit to play this afternoon as they are nursing injuries.

Kelvin Kaindu

“In terms of preparations, you need to plan because of the fixture congestion. We have to plan on training and also travelling. We played in Kariba at the weekend. We are back at home for the mid-week and we travel again this weekend to play Greenfuel. The hectic schedule makes it difficult for players who have picked up knocks to recover. Ahead of today’s clash, we are still assessing Faira and Makaruse to see if they are fully fit to play. For now, they are doubtful for the game,” said Kaindu.

Bosso will welcome back Andrew Mbeba who missed the ZPC Kariba game at the weekend serving suspension. Bosso once led the Premiership standings, but a recent slump has left them four points behind Manica Diamonds.
Interestingly, Highlanders led Manica Diamonds by seven points after four matches but are now trailing by four points, eight matches later.

But, despite the recent slump in which they have managed just two points from a possible nine following draws to Arenel Movers (0-0) and ZPC Kariba (1-1) sandwiching a 0-2 home defeat to FC Platinum in their May matches. Highlanders last won in the league on April 28, when they beat CAPS United 2-0 at Barbourfields and are desperate to stop the current slide when they face a Manica Diamonds side that has won the last eight matches in a row.

Bosso have hiked gate charges for the highly anticipated clash this afternoon. The gate charges are usually US$3 for the rest of the ground, but fans will pay US$5 this afternoon while the wings will be US$10 and the VIP US$20.
The hike was met with an outcry from the team’s supporters who questioned the necessity of the decision, considering that it was a midweek fixture.

In response, the club issued a statement urging fans to come in their numbers despite the increase in entry fees. They attributed the increases to the challenging costs of running the club.“This is a passionate appeal to you all football-loving people. You have supported your team in your beautiful thousands and we need to always acknowledge and thank you…Siyalincoma. Siyalibonga.

“Thursday 23rd is another big home game for us!! Siqondana le log leader. Bakithi, asibuyeni ngobunengi bethu and fill up eMagumeni, sing and support our team. Our unique power and our biggest foot forward as Highlanders is the 12th Man, you, our amazing army of supporters!

“Lisibekezelele bakwethu. Thank you to PSL for allowing us to raise the gate charges a little. The costs of the Club have been a real challenge of late.

“We just came from a Kariba game (two nights Camping); Then the midweek against log leaders Manica Diamonds (one day camping); Weekend besesisiya ekucineni kwelizwe, le eChisumbanje (another two days camping). Ebunandini lasebunzimeni, sithembe lina maBosso,” read the statement.

Today
Dynamos v Arenel Movers (Rufaro); Highlanders v Manica Diamonds (Barbourfields)
Yesterday
Greenfuel 1-1 Bikita Minerals; Hwange 0-0 ZPC Kariba; Yadah1-1 FC Platinum; Bulawayo Chiefs 1-1 CAPS Utd; Simba Bhora 0-0 Herentals; TelOne1-1 Chicken Inn
Chegutu Pirates 1-2 Ngezi Platinum Stars

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