Amazulu will probably be haunted by the vivid memories of the derby league match against Highlanders on October 26 when the Bulawayo royal battle rumbles ag
ain on Sunday in the second round of the Zifa Unity Cup.
A sheer five-minute moment of inspirational performance by sensational goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini denied Usuthu maximum points as Bosso notched an injury time equaliser.
Usuthu could have academically wrapped the championship by collecting maximum points to end a long wait characterised by agonising close misses.
But, come Sunday, a winner must emerge and it will be a do-or-die affair at Barbourfields Stadium.
“Well, much as we would have wished for a lighter team at this stage, one has to accept the reality that we have been drawn against Usuthu,” said Kapini this week. “Indeed the stage is once again set for real men to stand up and show the stuff they are made of.”
The battle will once again be in the midfield and Usuthu might rue the indefinite suspension of creative midfielder Ronald Sibanda that could give Bosso’s Richard Choruma and Honour Gombami a free reign in the crucial department.
Bosso’s rivals, Dynamos and Caps United must be counting themselves lucky, at least for now, after being paired against lower division sides.
DeMbare are tipped to easily sail past Athletico Wild Cats. However, Caps United might face some serious resistance from well-drilled Division 1 outfit, Harare United. And knowing how they were booted out of the cup by social side Highdon Railton last year, Makepekepe would be more cautious.
Another high-profile pairing in the Zifa Unity Cup second round is that of premiership sides Motor Action and Sporting Lions. Motor Action has the home advantage which is likely to swing the result in its favour.
Black Rhinos also faces a tricky encounter against stubborn premiership minnows Kambuzuma United. Although seemingly on its way out of the top-flight league, Kambuzuma United has shown potential to stun big guns.
Lancashire Steel will host premiership-bound Masvingo United, which is no novice at all to top-flight soccer, having been in the league before.
Zifa Unity Cup second round draw
Dynamos vs Athletico Wild Cats
Black Rhinos vs Kambuzuma
Motor Action vs Sporting Lions
Harare United vs Caps United
Gaths Mine vs Njube Sundowns
Buymore vs Wankie
Lancashire Steel vs Masvingo United
Highlanders vs Amazulu.