Blockbuster at Rufaro…as DeMbare meet FC Platinum


League preview
DYNAMOS return to the ceremonial home of football, Rufaro Stadium, this Sunday where they host FC Platinum in a potential thriller.
The Glamour Boys (Dynamos) return to their home after a successful hunt in the City of Kings and Queens (Bulawayo).
The visitors edged hosts Bulawayo Chiefs 1-0 at Barbourfields Stadium with a Quality Kangadze strike to register their third victory of the season.
It was Biggie Zuze’s first after taking over the reigns at the Harare giants.
Zuze replaced Lloyd Mutasa who was given the role of technical director at the club.
It was a sweet victory for the former Monomotapa gaffer bringing smiles on the Dynamos fans in an away match.
This Sunday’s match puts a real test to Zuze and his lads.
Zuze was in-charge of the team when they drew 3-all with Shabanie Mine at Rufaro.
Now the Dynamos coach faces another Zvishavane side at Rufaro Stadium.
FC Platinum have claimed the last five league meetings between the two clubs.
The platinum miners have corrected the balance of power between the two which was previously in favour of Dynamos.
The last match Dynamos won against FC Platinum was on May 10 2015.
They won 1-0.
The two teams have met 14 times with each team having won six times.
The remaining two matches were draws.
FC Platinum had always struggled against Dynamos during their early years in the premiership until the Zvishavane giants began correcting the balance of power.
Sunday’s tie will be the 15th league meeting between the two sides and comes at a time when Dynamos are on a recovery path.
The two teams have scored 28 goals with the defending champions scoring 15 with Dynamos scoring 13.
FC Platinum have lost only one match to Bulawayo Chiefs, whom DeMbare edged last Sunday.
However, football has its own irony and Dynamos may struggle to beat FC Platinum.
With one loss so far in 11 games, the Zvishavane miners are a formidable side that may upset the hosts.
Pure Platinum Play have a good scoring record.
They have netted 15 so far, while Dynamos have been conceding in almost every match.
Dynamos have conceded 10 goals in 11 matches.
Gift Bello and Bret Amidu might be facing their former paymasters if Norman Mapeza decides to play them.
The defending champions are solidly trying to keep pace with log leaders Ngezi Platinum who are three points ahead on 29.
Zuze’s first match in-charge saw him make a few changes to the team.
However, in football there are several theories that can be made when such occurs.
Some allege sabotage in the technical team while others feel the former coach was not taking suggestions from his assistants.
Elsewhere, Highlanders welcome CAPS United at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo in another blockbuster.
Highlanders, winless in the last two matches, face the Green Machine who have been winless too in the last three outings.
The last match was against Ngezi Platinum Stars at the National Sports Stadium which they lost 1-2.
The two teams are in a similar predicament and will play their hearts out to collect three points.
Ngezi Platinum Stars entertain Bulawayo City at Baobab Stadium tomorrow as the hosts seek to continue their unbeaten run in the league.
The Mhondoro-Ngezi-based side have won nine matches out of 11 with the rest being two draws.
So far, the Ngezi rearguard have conceded only three goals.
Title contenders Chicken Inn play host to Harare City who are enjoying a purple patch at the moment at Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo.
The Gamecocks trail log leaders by nine points and need to close the gap on Ngezi Platinum Stars.
It will be a debutants affair tomorrow (Saturday) at Ascot Stadium as Nichrut clash with Bulawayo Chiefs.
Both teams lost their previous matches and seek to taste the winning ways again.
The two sides have managed to establish themselves in the first 10 league matches.
They are occupying the mid-table and are separated by a point with Nichrut on 12 while Chiefs are on 11.
ZPC Kariba who are making slow progress from the relegation zone, host Yadah at Nyamhunga Stadium in Kariba tomorrow. The power utility side have made a bad start to the season and need to win the next match to avoid the pressure of surviving relegation.
Yadah are in their second season in the top flight.


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