SOCCER fans will be treated to 1 080 hours of football during this Easter Holidays in the Castle Premier Soccer League where Harare-based teams continue to struggle.
In two rounds of matches, the best placed Harare side on the log is Harare City who are on position six with four points. Army side Black Rhinos are on eighth position with three points while 12th and 14th positions are for CAPS United (two points) with Dynamos and Yadah at one point.
Herentals College anchor the 18 team log as they are yet to earn a premiership point.
Week Three and four of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League begins this Thursday at various venues throughout the country.
Seven matches are lined up in Harare (two), Bulawayo (two), Gweru, Kariba and Mhondoro-Ngezi today while two matches at Bulawayo and Zvishavane close action for Week Three.
After a disappointing draw at Rufaro last Sunday, Dynamos travel to Mhondoro-Ngezi for a date with Ngezi Platinum Stars at Baobab Stadium.
The Harare giants, who fluffed a 3-0 lead to be forced to a 3-3 stalemate by Shabanie Mine, will be out to correct their shortcomings at Baobab.
Goals by Valentine Kadonzvo, Kudzanai Dhemere and Quality Kangadze had thrust DeMbare ahead before a brace by David Temwanjira and Tinashe Chigede cancelled the lead.
The three goals exposed the DeMbare central defence marshalled by Marshal Machazane and Jimmy Tigere.
The duo was caught napping twice in their department.
After the first goal by Shabanie Mine, Dynamos stand-in gaffer Biggie Zuze should have buttressed his defence after scoring the three goals.
It was Shabanie Mine coach Takesure Chiragwi who carried the day as he fought to the end. Had luck and precision been on their side, the Chinda Boys could have made it 3-4.
Going into Baobab Stadium, Dynamos, who have conceded four goals in two matches, need to fine-tune their backline as Ngezi are in lethal form. The platinum miners are yet to concede goals in the two matches they have played.
However, the Tonderayi Ndiraya-coached side have struggled against Dynamos.
The last league meeting was on October 28 2016 at Baobab where Ngezi won their first match against Dynamos. Of the four matches they have played since 2016, DeMbare have won two while one was a goalless stalemate.
Today’s match presents a chance for Ngezi to level the balance of power against their nemesis.
For Ndiraya, a victory against the Harare-side will be a boost to their title-chase effort.
Ndiraya, who was deemed excess baggage at Dynamos, will always be out to prove a point to his former paymasters.
Chicken Inn host Mutare City at Luveve Stadium today while ZPC Kariba welcome Herentals College at Nyamhunga Stadium in Kariba.
The Gamecocks, as Chicken Inn are affectionately known, hope for better fortunes at home after a goalless affair at Ascot Stadium with debutants Nichrut. Joey Antipas complained of poor officiating in the match.
At Nyamhunga, hosts seek to register their first set of three points against the debutants who seem to be the whipping boys so far.
Herentals, who are conceding an average of two goals per match, have a porous defence that the power utility side can take advantage of.
Winless CAPS United clash with defending champions FC Platinum at the National Sports Stadium today in a promising thriller.
The defending champions made their intentions of the season known last weekend when they beat visitors Yadah 2-0 at Mandava Stadium.
The first edition of the Bulawayo derby pitting Bulawayo City and Bulawayo Chiefs is also in the offing today.
The debutants Bulawayo Chiefs play their first instalment of a premiership derby against the municipal side.
Chiefs have made two scoring draws with identical 2-2 score lines.
They drew with Yadah in their opening match in Harare and were in a stalemate with CAPS United in Bulawayo last Sunday .
Yadah and Black Rhinos face-off in a Harare derby at Rufaro Stadium today while Chapungu welcome Harare City at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.
Highlanders welcome Triangle at Barbourfields Stadium on Good Friday while Shabanie Mine return to Maglas Stadium to welcome Nichrut to wind up action for Week Three.
Week Four fixtures
Herentals FC vs Yadah FC – Rufaro Stadium
Mutare City FC vs Harare City FC – NSS
Bulawayo Chiefs FC vs Chapungu FC – Luveve Stadium
Black Rhinos FC vs CAPS United FC – NSS
FC Platinum vs Bulawayo City FC – Mandava
Shabanie Mine FC vs Chicken Inn FC – Maglas
Nichrut FC vs Ngezi Platinum FC – Ascot
Dynamos FC vs Highlanders FC – Rufaro
Triangle United FC vs ZPC Kariba FC – Gibbo
(All matches start at 1500)