Legendary former Highlanders utility player Chipo “Jackroller” Tsodzo foresees a fierce ding-dong battle when the two giants Highlanders F.C and Caps United clash at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday in week two of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.
Tsodzo who had two spells at Highlanders, first from 2003-2005 and 2009-2010 believes that both teams have had a decent start to the season and that provides ingredients for a thrilling encounter.
“It`s a big match, Caps had a good start winning their first match and Bosso came out of Harare with a point which is also good. I know it’s every player’s wish to do well in such matches and it will be a tough battle,” said the former bustling striker who in his heydays switched positions and became a no-nonsense defender.
Tsodzo who scored Bosso`s fourth goal in 2004 when they handed star-studded Charles Mhlauri coached Makepekepe their first and only defeat of that season at the National Sports Stadium, urged both teams to utilize chances that come their way. Bosso won the match 4-3 with other goals coming from a Tapuwa Kapini brace and Zambian import Dabwitso Nkhoma.
“When I look at the two clubs, I think they both have balanced teams but in order to win such big matches, you have to make use of the opportunities that come your way. Whoever utilizes those chances better will win.”
“The players on their own should be focused; they should work as a team and be willing to fight tooth and nail in order to garner a victory. That`s all that is needed in such kind of matches.
Caps United who boast of four former Bosso players (left-footed midfielder Valentine Ndaba, speed merchant Gabriel Nyoni, mercurial Joel Ngodzo and striker Newman Sianchali) seem to be a formidable side on a paper. However, Tsodzo reckons that will not give them an edge over Bosso.
“Bosso has a culture, even if you move from them it doesn’t matter because they quickly find replacements. I know all these players will be seeking to prove a point and maybe try to prove to Bosso fans that they are good but Highlanders always remains Highlanders whether players move or stay.”
Tsodzo did not hide where his heart will be on Sunday, declaring that he will be rooting for a Bosso victory but urged both sets of fans to come out in their numbers to support their teams.
“Bosso fans should flood the stadium and support their team, same goes for Caps but I wish the best team of the day that will display good football to win,” said the hoarse-voiced Jackroller.
Tsodzo tipped Young Warriors skipper Prince Dube and Nqobizitha Masuku to shine for Highlanders whilst for Caps he expects Ngodzo and Nyoni to give the Bulawayo giants a torrid time.
CLPSL Match-day 2 Fixtures:
Saturday, April 6
Ngezi Platinum vs Mushowani Stars (Baobab Stadium)
Bulawayo Chiefs vs TelOne (Luveve Stadium)
ZPC Karibs vs Herentals (Nyamhunga Stadium)
Yadah vs Chicken Inn (Rufaro Stadium)
FC Platinum vs Triangle United (Mandava Stadium)
Sunday, April 7
Highlanders vs CAPS United (Barbourfields Stadium)
Dynamos vs Hwange (Rufaro Stadium)
Manica Diamonds vs Harare City (Gibbo Stadium)
Chapungu vs Black Rhinos (Mandava Stadium)
*All matches start at 3 pm.