Highlanders away record under scrutiny

By Mthokozisi Dube

BULAWAYO giants, Highlanders are bracing up for a tough away encounter with Herentals at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday as they seek to improve on their away record.

After watching Herentals dismiss struggling Bulawayo City one-nil at Barbourfields Stadium, Highlanders coach Baltemer Brito is convinced their match against the Students will not be a stroll in the park.

In a media briefing this Thursday, the Portuguese expatriate admitted history is against them as they are still to break the jinx of failing to collect maximum points on the road.

“We have had a break to work on a few things, but we are happy that the boys are adapting to the new philosophy. We watched them play against Bulawayo City; they are a good side. We can’t underrate them, but we will go out to look for a positive result,” Brito said.

The players are equally aware that Herentals may cause an upset despite losing to Bosso four-nil in the reverse fixture.

“I am happy to be back, but what I know is that the game against Herentals will be a tricky one for us as players. We need to be mentally and psychologically prepared,” said Pritchard Mpelele.

Highlanders will welcome back the trio of Stanley Ngala, Ray Lunga and Pritchard Mpelele, giving the technical team a wider pool of players.