After closely missing out on the league title, Highlanders shift attention to Saturday’s Mbada Diamonds Cup final against How Mine at Barbourfields Stadium as a last attempt to end the season with a piece of silverware.
Having lost in the final of the Bob89 Super Cup final in February, Highlanders went on to lose in the Independence Trophy final before failing to claim the US$120 000 BancABC Sup8r Cup.
Last weekend they agonisingly missed out on the league title on goal difference on the last day of the competition after having surrendered the initiative the previous weekend following a 4-0 thumping by Harare City.
But Saturday provides them with the last chance for redemption and atone for a season of near- misses and bag their first piece of silverware since the 2011 Independence Trophy.
Making the stakes high in the Mbada Cup is the fact that it is the country’s richest football competition with a whooping US$130 000 prize money.
Coach Kelvin Kaindu believes they would be inspired by their season’s faults.
“It will not be good for us to end the season empty-handed. We will try our best to win the Mbada Cup and by the grace of God it is possible,” Kaindu said.
“We have had a very tough season where we have failed to win very important tournaments but this time around it will come right for us. You can even sense the pain in the boys and that makes you believe as a coach that they are more than willing to end the season with something.”
But How Mine will not be easy for Highlanders with the gold miners having already completed a double over the Bulawayo giants in the league.
On their way to the final, How Mine cemented their status as giant killers by booting out Dynamos and Caps United in the quarter and semi-finals respectively.