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Big games for premiership top four
01/08/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
 
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THE Castle Lager Premier Soccer League enters Week 17 with the top four - Highlanders, ZPC Kariba, Dynamos and Caps United facing dicey ties over the weekend.

Highlanders are at home to How Mine, whom they beat 2-1 in the reverse fixture, and have added five players in the transfer window that closed at midnight on Thursday.

Njabulo Ncube has returned from FC Platinum, Pascal Manhanga has joined from Triangle, Tapiwa Dephistara arrived from Chiredzi Football Club while Kudzanai Machazane has been snapped from the lower divisions.

On the other hand, How Mine have released Benjamin Marere to Platinum and signed Louis Matawu from Shabanie Mine.

How Mine have not tasted a league victory in their last four outings, and lost 1-0 to Black Rhinos in back to back matches and are seeking a return to winning ways.

Highlanders’ only defeat has arrived from Dynamos and picked up four points in their last two derbies against Bantu Rovers.

On Saturday, ZPC, unbeaten in 16 matches and sitting pretty in second position with 30 points, one behind leaders Highlanders, will seek to complete a double over Hwange at Gwanzura.

Caps, still smarting from a 2-1 derby defeat to Dynamos last Sunday, are back at the National Sports Stadium against a struggling Chicken Inn side looking to bounce back to winning away immediately.

The Green Machine, who last won the league title in 2005, have 27 points, while Chicken Inn are way down in 10th place with 20 points.

Dynamos are on the road to Kadoma on Sunday for a date against Black Rhinos, who have a new coach in their ranks - Joisten Mathuthu.

Mathuthu took over at Rhinos last week and announced his arrival with a 1-0 win over How Mine in Bulawayo and Dynamos should expect a tough match.

The defending champions have not had it easy against small teams this season having lost 1-0 to Chapungu, ZPC, Buffaloes and Hwange and need to be wary of dropping points on the road.

At Mandava Stadium, FC Platinum host Chapungu in the Midlands Derby that can go either way. But a positive result will suit Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa, who has been under pressure over indifferent results.

He was rescued from the chop by the club president George Mawere, who argued that injuries to key players like-Donald Ngoma, Nelson Mazivisa, Daniel Vheremu and the departure of Ali Sadiki to TP Mazembe had curtailed the team’s progress.



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Platinum also lost Welcome Ndiweni, Njabulo Ncube, Joel Ngodzo and Charles Sibanda to Highlanders while goalkeeper Petros Mhari is angling for a move to Dynamos.

FIXTURES

Saturday: ZPC Kariba v Hwange (Gwanzura, 1500, Live on SuperSport Select), FC Platinum v Chapungu (Mandava)

Sunday: Caps United v Chicken Inn (National Sports Stadium, 1500, Live on SuperSport Select), Buffaloes v Shabanie (Sakubva), Highlanders v How Mine (Barbourfields), Black Rhinos v Dynamos (Rimuka), Triangle United v Bantu Rovers (Gibbo)





 
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