Mutasa in trouble

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LLOYD MUTASA faces a stern test when Dynamos face a rejuvenated Gunners at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday afternoon after a string of unimpressive results. The Harare derby promises to be a thriller after the successful expedition by Gunners in Zvishavane where they humiliated moneybags FC Platinum 0-3. Another defeat for Dynamos could spell doom for coach Mutasa. The deeply religious gaffer has led DeMbare to one of their worst starts in years. There is already talk that he faces the exit if Dynamos do not win their next three games. Darlington Dodo’s Gunners dented FC Platinum’s chances of usurping the lead on the 16- team log. Harare-based Gunners proved that the 1-all draw to Monomotapa was no fluke. The 2009 league winners are currently trailing in the lower echelons of the league. Gunners used their game-in-hand advantage to move a place up the log. And it looks like they won’t have any mercy for the beleaguered Mutasa. A first minute strike by Ishmael Lawe opened the score sheet and a two goals from Cliff Sekete in the 13th and 43rd minutes saw the visitors stealing victory at Maglas Stadium. Wednesday’s loss was the first for Platinum coach Philani Mabhena since he took over the hot seat following the tragic death of Benjamin Moyo. Bottom-placed “Chando Kupisa” silenced the mining town of Zvishavane as they sealed their victory in the first half. FC Platinum have conceded five goals in two matches, giving Mabhena some homework on his defence. Meanwhile, Premiership defending champions Motor Action face a fired-up Zimbabwe Saints, who are still basking in last week’s resounding success in week nine of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League. The Mighty Bulls were last week stopped by Chicken Inn in a goalless draw and seek to amass maximum points against “Chauya Chikwata” to maintain their pole position. Willard Mashinkila Khumalo’s Zimbabwe Saints spoiled Dynamos’ party and are not a team to underrate. The Bulls have had a good start this season, losing one game on their way to amassing 17 points. However, middle-placed “Chikwata” are separated by mere goal difference from Dynamos on 11 points. Meanwhile, it will be a battle of the new boys in the league at Maglas Stadium as the platinum miners take on Chicken Inn. After a goalless draw with the title holders, Chicken Inn are looking for maximum points to move to top position. Chicken Inn are a point ahead of the platinum miners. A win for either team will catapult them to second position on condition that the Bulls win against Zimbabwe Saints. A loss for the league title holders will see them dropping to second position. In another intriguing encounter, Highlanders host the Green Machine, CAPS United, who have been struggling to find a winning formula at Barbourfields Stadium. Highlanders’ loss in the Bulawayo derby sent shock waves to other teams in the elite league as the three new teams continue on a rampage. “Matengwane” were last week upset by Blue Ribbon 2-1. CAPS United’s 2-2 draw against FC Platinum was a morale booster for the team, but pressure is still on Moses “Bambo” Chunga to deliver. Highlanders are no pushovers for CAPS United and “Bambo” needs to do his homework ahead of the visit to the City of Kings. Goals from Washington Pakamisa and David Rediyoni, however, restored confidence among the Green Machine supporters. The shots on target in the last match expose the poor defence in the CAPS camp which Highlanders could capitalise on. However, Chunga might opt for the squad that worked miracles last week. Madinda Ndlovu’s Black Mambas visit Kiglon Bird and seek to continue on their winning spell after edging the visiting Hwange 1-0 last weekend. Mambas are on 13th position, with seven points, the same as Hwange and Shabanie. Shooting Stars finally got it right last week shooting down Kiglon 3-1. Masvingo United lock horns with Shooting Stars who seem to have a problem with their defence, which has conceded 14 goals in eight matches. “Yuna Yuna” go into this weekend’s match to avenge last week’s loss to Shabanie at Maglas Stadium. More is expected from the Shooting Stars who seem to have found the winning formula and seek to extend it. Blue Ribbon, “Tamba Wakaguta”, have become good travellers of late and have a date with the coal miners at the Colliery. The better placed Blue Ribbon will soon find the elite league comfortable if they continue with their form. Monomotapa will host Shabanie Mine. Monos are a point ahead of Shabanie and in a match that looked like a draw, Arnold Jani’s team stole the game in the 90th minute from “Yuna Yuna”. However, the premiership debutants are finding their way through the maze better than the seasoned teams. With the premiership teams already a quarter into the season, more is yet to come.

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