Innocent Kurira, Sports Reporter
HIGHLANDERS vice-captain, Peter Muduhwa feels unfairly labelled by critics who accuse him of indiscipline particularly after he was red-carded when Bosso were bundled out of the Chibuku Super Cup by Bulawayo Chiefs last Sunday.
Muduhwa was given his marching orders on the stroke of full-time for elbowing an opponent in the game Bosso lost one-nil.
The jury has been out since then with some arguing constantly the defender uses his elbow when going on one-on-one challenges with some going to the extent of narrowing down Muduhwa’s cautions to the defender being riotous.
Muduhwa cited Spain and Real Madrid legend, Sergio Ramos who accumulated 21 red cards during his time with Los Blancos, a record for the Spanish La Liga. Despite that, Ramos is considered one of the best ever defenders that has played football.
“We did not defend well as a team. We were tactically not good as a team on the day. It’s painful to get a red card when it’s not your intention. If people say I don’t have discipline and it’s the first red card that I get in my career, it’s not fair, imagine Sergio Ramos, how many red cards does he have? Yet he is the best defender in the world.
“Then my first red-card and critics are on my case. Getting sent off is part of the game. It happens in football. Everyone was down after that game, everyone is now focused on the league.
“The coaches have done well to lift us up after Sunday now we focus on what lies ahead,” said Muduhwa.
Bosso coach Balmater Brito also came to the defence of his team and Muduhwa in particular.
“We need to understand football is a contact sport. We put the neck for our player. He did that without intention from what we saw from the footage of the game,” said Brito.
Meanwhile, Bosso will be without arguably their best player this season, Devine Mhindirira when they face Cranborne Bullets at Vengere Stadium on Saturday.
Antonio Torress, the Highlanders assistant coach said the midfielder will miss the match owing to suspension. Mhindirira has accumulated three yellow cards which amount to a one game suspension.
“We have Mhindirira out due to suspension. Mthabisi Ncube and Toto Banda are also out recovering from injury. Defender Andrew Tandi is back in training but he remains out for this season,” said Bosso assistant coach Antonio Torres.
He however, appeared to play down the impact of Mhindirira’s absence on Saturday, refusing to comment much on the matter.
“All I can say is we will have 11 players on the pitch,” said Torres.
Mhindirira has been impressive for the Bulawayo giants this season scoring twice and providing nine assists this season. He has been constantly creating with his unbelievable vision from the centre of the pitch, with his adorable basic hold and release type of play.
Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Fixtures
Saturday: ZPC Kariba v Black Rhinos (Nyamhunga), Cranborne Bullets v Highlanders (Vengere), FC Platinum v Bulawayo City (Mandava), Yadah v CAPS United (National Sports Stadium), Chicken Inn v WhaWha (Luveve), Tenax v Harare City (Sakubva).
Sunday: Dynamos v Ngezi (National Sports Stadium), Bulawayo Chiefs v Manica Diamonds (Luveve), Triangle United v Herentals (Gibbo). – @innocentskizoe