Blow for Bosso

HIGHLANDERS new signings Manuel Esono Obiang Buale from Equatorial Guinea and Tambwe Kalunga of DR Congo will have to wait a little longer before they can make their debuts.

The two forwards are still waiting for their work permits to be issued and as a result they are not yet allowed to take to the pitch for the Bulawayo giants.

The two joined Bosso during this current transfer window period which closes next Friday but will not be able to take part in tomorrow’s ZNA Commander Charities Shield final showdown against PSL champions CAPS United at Barbourfields Stadium dealing a huge blow to coach Erol Akbay.

The Bulawayo giants’ options have already been limited after interim Warriors coach Norman Mapeza drafted three players from Bosso — Ariel Sibanda, Peter Mudhuwa and Prince Dube — into the national team’s squad set to play Zambia in an international friendly match on Sunday.

And Akbay revealed to the Weekend Post this week that he is now left in a selection dilemma.

“It’s obvious that if you miss three of your senior players it will affect your game plan,” Akbay said.

“The three guys have gone to the national side and all the new foreign guys are ineligible to play because they are waiting for their paperwork. On top of that, we have some few injuries which makes it a bit difficult for us ahead of this final.  

“We would have wanted to have our strongest side but it’s something beyond our control. Again, the same is also affecting CAPS United so we will have to do with what is there.”

Despite the setback, Akbay said they would go out to win the trophy.

“Of course, it’s going to be a tough match but we also want to win,” Akbay added.

“CAPS United is one of the best teams locally but we are definitely going to do all we can to ensure we defend our cup. We always want to win every match that we play that is basic at our team and this game is not an exception.”

However, Roderick Mutuma, who signed after being off-loaded by Dynamos, will be available for selection and is likely to lead the Bosso frontline.

Mutuma seems to have done enough to win the hearts of Bosso fans hearts following his outstanding performance against FC Platinum in the semi-final in which he provided two assists for double scorer Dube.

The Bulawayo giants, who are the defending champions in this competition following their triumph against Harare City last season, progressed to this year’s final with a convincing 3-0 victory against FC Platinum last month.

CAPS United are also eager to maintain their fine form that has seen them eliminate five time African champions TP Mazembe out of the African Champions League courtesy of the away goals rule.

Having played a 1-1 draw in Lumbumbashi, Lloyd Chitembwe’s charges forced a goalless draw at the National Sports Stadium in the second leg to progress to the champions league group stages for the first time in the team’s history.
The Green Machine arrived in the final at the expense of their bitter rivals Dynamos whom they thumped 3-1 in the other semi-final.

Winners of the tournament are guaranteed $12 000 while the losing finalists will pocket $8 000.
Organisers of the tournament have pegged the gate charges at $3 for the rest of the ground and $5 for VIP.—Godknows Matarutse

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