Squeaky bum time as title race resumes

HARARE – The platform is now set for an intriguing four-horse title race as the Castle Lager Premiership resumes tomorrow after a one week hiatus that paved way for the Chibuku Super Cup.

Log leaders Ngezi Platinum Stars, second-placed FC Platinum, Harare giants Dynamos and former champions Chicken Inn are all in with a chance of landing the big one going into the final three matches of the season.

Tonderai Ndiraya’s charges welcome fourth-placed Chicken Inn at Baobab Stadium tomorrow in a match they cannot afford to lose if they entertain any hopes of lifting their maiden title in their second year in the top flight league.

Having appeared down and out at some point, the Gamecocks have worked their way back and are now in contention as they trail Ngezi and FC Platinum, who are joint at the top by four points.

A win for Rahman Gumbo’s men could see them cut the gap to just a point. In their last league match Chicken Inn battled to a 1-0 win which all but condemned Tsholotsho to Division One while Ngezi Platinum triumphed by a similar margin against already relegated Bantu Rovers.

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FC Platinum travel to Bulawayo for a date against Tsholotsho in a game their coach Norman Mapeza understands the need to pick up maximum points.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Mapeza insisted they were not reading much into the fact that Tsholotsho are already relegated.

“Yes, everyone knows Tsholotsho got relegated recently when they played against Chicken Inn and people are saying they have nothing to play for but let me tell you it’s going to be a difficult game for us,” Mapeza said.

“If we go there with the mentality that Tsholotsho are out, we will pay for it… And like I said before we need to go there and get maximum points.”

Mapeza added that they have done everything to ensure they are ready for this match.

“I don’t know much about the turf but someone was telling me that it’s a little bit dry and the pitch is slightly small but we will try and give it a good shot.

“We have done our homework for the three-four days we have been training on a compact pitch so that when we go there we don’t struggle,” he said.

“At the end of the day football has to be played and regardless of the conditions we just need to get a result.

“The most important thing is just to go there and get a result.

“For you to win games you need to be strong especially mentally and if we are not prepared there then we are in trouble.”

Dynamos will be hoping to stay in touch with the leading pack when they travel to face relegation- threatened Bulawayo City tomorrow.

Dynamos have not given up on the championship and will be praying Ngezi and Platinum drop points.

Tomorrow

Bulawayo City v Dynamos (Barbourfields), Ngezi Platinum v Chicken Inn (Baobab), ZPC Kariba v Triangle (Nyamhunga), Harare City v Black Rhinos (Rufaro), Chapungu v Bantu Rovers (Ascot), Tsholotsho v FC Platinum (Luveve), CAPS United v Yadah FC, Shabanie Mine v Hwange (Maglas)

Thursday

Highlanders v How Mine (Barbourfields)

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