By Lovemore Dube and Ricky Zililo
BULAWAYO – Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu is a relieved man ahead of the epic clash against defending champions Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium tomorrow after three key players who had suffered knocks recovered to take part in full training yesterday.
There were fears that skipper and defensive pillar Innocent Mapuranga, midfield maestro Mthulisi Maphosa and speed merchant Gabriel Nyoni would not be available for selection due to injuries.
It is the way that the players have been conducting themselves during the week that makes Kaindu believe they are ready to face the defending champions and his preparations for the game were yesterday boosted by the availability of the three players.
“It’s all systems go for us and everybody is looking forward to the game. Morale has been very high and I am pleased with the way the players have been committing themselves during our sessions.
“Everyone wants to be in the team and my hopes are that they (players) can carry the same attitude to the game on Sunday. I am really enjoying the level of commitment and the desire to be in the final squad that these players are giving and unfortunately as coaches we cannot take everyone to the game but I am confident that whoever comes in will do a great job.
“We thank God that the guys that had knocks looked much better during our session and it’s healthy for us to know that they are available for selection and we will see who to use on Sunday,” said Kaindu.
Today: FC Platinum v Shabanie Mine (Mandava, SS9), Motor Action v Black Rhinos (Motor Action), CAPS United v How Mine (National Sports Stadium), Harare City v Buffaloes (Rufaro), Tripple B v Triangle (Dulibadzimu)
Tomorrow: Hwange v Black Mambas (Colliery), Highlanders v Dynamos (Barbourfields, SS9), Monomotapa v Chicken Inn (Gwanzura)