It’s war this Sunday!


IT is the battle of the titans this Sunday as traditional rivals, CAPS United and Dynamos clash in a Harare derby at the National Sports Stadium (NSS). All roads will lead to the giant stadium as the two teams tussle for a place in the top five on the 16-team log of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League. Dynamos are trailing CAPS Unite by two points. The Green Machine has 21 points from 13 games, five points behind joint log leaders, Motor Action and FC Platinum. Dynamos’ 1-2 loss to Blue Ribbon last week has put pressure on gaffer Lloyd Mutasa, who has fallen victim of criticism from some sections of Dembare fans. Coaches from both sides have recently been going through a rough patch in the league. Moses ‘Bambo’ Chunga, one of Dembare’s ‘sons’, faces his former team in a potential thriller. Dynamos supporters, who are hungry for glory, are clamouring for the services of the former Zimbabwe international to lead the Glamour Boys’ technical department once again. The Harare derby might be the last time the Green Machine’s marksman, Simba Sithole, will play against Dembare as he has joined the ‘great trek’ down south to Pretoriabased Mamelodi Sundowns after sealing a deal earlier this week. CAPS United’s Gilbert Mapemba would like to take this opportunity to show his supporters why he has been elevated into the national team. Bindura-based staunch CAPS United supporter Simbarashe Marovera said: “I think both coaches will be under pressure to win considering the erratic performances of their teams . “Lloyd Mutasa was under fire from the fans on Sunday and it was the same with Chunga three weeks ago. Anyway, the better team of the day should prevail though I believe that a draw will be a fair result.” A Dynamos supporter, Blessed Bandawa, foresaw defeat for his team. “I don’t think we will make it against Makepekepe because we don’t have quality players especially our strikers,” he said. “We lay the blame on the administrators, who at the beginning of the season failed to get good players for Samaita. “The coach is good, but he does not have the right calibre of players, so mounting pressure on Mutasa is wrong. If we lose on Sunday, I will lay all the blame on our players .” Kepekepe Bhora were last week denied maximum points by Monomotapa in a goalless draw. Defending champions Motor Action this weekend host visiting Masvingo United who have been poor travellers. Motor Action seek to extend their lead as they host Luke Masomere’s Yuna Yuna, who held by Chicken Inn 0-0 at Mucheke Stadium last weekend. Masvingo United are on position seven with 19 points on the log and the Bulls will seek to capitalise on the poor travellers to maintain their pole position on the log in the tightly contested league. The Bulls’ lead is under threat from FC Platinum and Highlanders. FC Platinum, who are enjoying a purple patch in the topflight league, face a potentially dangerous Kiglon Bird in Zvishavane tomorrow. Coaches Rahman Gumbo and Maxwell Jongwe face each other in their respective third assignments with Gumbo aiming for a third successive win. Jongwe last week managed to salvage a point against Motor Action in a four-goal thriller. Platinum hitmen Daniel Ngoma and Charles Sibanda — the reigning Soccer Star of the Year — are expected to lead the onslaught against Kiglon as the new boys seek to dislodge the defending champions from pole position. Bulls and FC Platinum are both on 26 points and separated only by goal difference. Bulawayo giants Highlanders host coal miners Hwange, who were last weekend edged 1-0 by the FC Platinum in their own backyard. Highlanders dismissed fellow city rivals Zimbabwe Saints 3-0 at Barbourfields Stadium last weekend. Highlanders are third on the log, three points behind the Bulls and ‘Kugona Kunenge Kudada’ . Zimbabwe Saints this week host troubled Shooting Stars who have become the Premier League’s punching bags. ‘Chikwata’ are itching to redeem their lost pride after humiliation at the hands of Bosso. Stars, anchoring the log with a meagre six points, are determined to surprise Chikwata at White City Stadium on Saturday. Zimbabwe Saints are on position 11 with 16 points. Across town, Monomotapa go into battle away to new boys Chicken Inn at Luveve Stadium. Taurai Mangwiro’s Monoz are on 10th position with 17 points while the chickens are on fourth position with 22 points four points behind the log leaders. Monoz have 17 points from eight draws and three wins after 13 matches. Troubled Black Mambas meet a struggling Shabanie at Morris Depot on Saturday. Shabanie registered their third win of the season last weekend after dismissing Shooting Stars at Maglas Stadium. Madinda Ndlovu’s Mambas were beaten 1-0 by Gunners at Lafarge Stadium last week. At Gwanzura Stadium, Misheck Chidzambwa’s ‘Tamba Wakaguta’ boys, Blue Ribbon host Darlington Dodo’s Gunners. Blue Ribbon are on position eight with 18 points. As the league is approaching the halfway mark, more is expected to come from the teams as the transfer window also approaches.


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