Highlanders Football Club suffered a heavy blow after conceding four goals to nil to Chicken Inn during a friendly match played at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

The match which was a preparatory game for the 2019 Premier Soccer League season set to kick off on 30th March saw Highlanders fielding a number of Division One players following a strike by senior players over salary arrears.

In a press conference, Highlanders coach Bekithemba Ndlovu highlighted that they were crippled by the players strike.

 “The match was fine, the boys played a good game but as you are aware we did not have many players. Our squad was drawn from Division One players and others who are not on strike but the boys played well,” said Ndlovu.

The Gamecocks had a good start in the first half of the game with Antipas’ strikers giving Highlanders defenders a torrid time.

With the PSL season around the corner, Bulawayo premiership sides need to tie loose ends and up their game for them to be competitive enough to bring the trophy to the City of Kings.