BY FORTUNE MBELE
HIGHLANDERS defender Peter Muduhwa says the Bulawayo football giants will be gunning for nothing else but the league title this year as preparations for a new season under new coach Mark Harrison gather momentum.
Bosso have not won the league title in 14-years since Methembe Ndlovu led the team to glory in 2006. But there is a level of renewed hope in the Highlanders camp following a strong finish to the season last year in which they finished sixth in the league and also scooped the Chibuku Super Cup trophy.
Muduhwa, who has starred in the heart of defence for Highlanders, feels it’s high time the club won the local football bragging rights.
“I have been at Highlanders since 2015 and the history that the club has not won the championship since 2006 pains me. We want the league title this year.
There is nothing else that we want besides the league title,” the 26-year-old defender said in an interview with Standardsport.
“Everyone is working hard under the new coach. “We have to do it for ourselves because nobody else can do it for us. “Ours as players is to put in 70% and the coach 20%. Our supporters should also come to the party and give us that 10%,” Muduhwa added.
The gritty defender has mastered the art of frustrating every kind of striker in the league and has a penchant to overlap and produce important goals for Highlanders.
Soccer Star of the Year finalist and Highlanders captain Ariel Sibanda is the only player from the squad that last won the championship in 2006, who is still active in the current Bulawayo giants’ squad.
Muduhwa is a product of Ajax Hotspurs, which is based in the sprawling suburb of Mpopoma in Bulawayo.
He also played for Bulawayo Chiefs in the second-tier Division One League before moving to Highlanders in 2015.
In his second year at Highlanders in 2016, Muduhwa was voted one of the 11 best players in the country in the Castle Lager Soccer Stars of the Year.
Muduhwa believes in Harrison, Bosso have a coach who can take them to the Promised Land this year.
“I think we are doing quite well and pushing hard so far under coach Harrison. He is a football person and I believe with him this year is our year,” Muduhwa said.
At the end of last year, he was rumoured to be leaving Highlanders to play outside the country.
“Who does not want to play outside the country? It is every player’s wish to play in Europe especially England, but we are all not going to go there. It is my ambition as well to make a break and play outside the country even in South Africa,” Muduhwa said.
Highlanders are scheduled to play army side Black Rhinos in Bulawayo today as part of their pre-season preparations.