Highlanders and Black Rhinos satisfied with 2020 season preparations

By ZBC Reporter
As the countdown to the 2020 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League gathers momentum, Highlanders and Black Rhinos have expressed satisfaction with their preparations so far.
The two sides squared off in a pre-season friendly match at Barbourfields Stadium this Sunday, with Bosso emerging victors following a solitary strike by the ageless striker Mkhokheli Dube who is making a welcome return to his boyhood club.
The build-up also saw another potential Tshilamoya recruit Mitchel Katsvairo formerly with Kaizer Chiefs and Chicken Inn providing the assist.
Highlanders Technical Manager, Mark Harrison expressed satisfaction with his charges performance in their first competitive friendly before they take on FC Platinum in the season-opening Castle Challenge cup in two weeks.
“I would probably say we are at about 70-75% the way we are going. Don’t forget I have only been here for weeks and we have had those few weeks to work with the guys and they have responded so well. Yes, we have a very big game in two weeks against FC Platinum and then a week after I guess the league will kick-off. I’m happy with the way it’s been going so far,” said Harrison.
His opposite number, Herbert Maruwa also conceded that his side was on track in their quest to attain full fitness and the right combinations in time for the marathon league action.
“I think in terms of fitness we are almost there and maybe we need to work on the right combinations as you can see we have a new team. It’s a matter of one or two weeks and it will be ok in terms of the right combinations. So I think as Rhinos we are almost there,” said Maruwa.
Highlanders also fielded other prospective new signings in former Caps United goalkeeper, Chris Mverechena and former Bulawayo City left-back Humphry Ncube.
Black Rhinos who are seemingly on a rebuilding exercise will be hoping for better fortunes after fizzling out towards the end of last season.