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Tricky ties for premiership top four as league resumes


Looking to remain top and in hunt for championship ... Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas

06/10/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
In top form for Harare City ... Francesco Zekumbawire
 
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CASTLE Premiership action resumes this weekend with the top three - Chicken Inn, FC Platinum and Dynamos - facing rather dicey ties as the race for the Holy Grail continues.

Leaders Chicken Inn lost 1-0 to Dynamos in their last league match at Barbourfields and face struggling How Mine as they seek to re-establish a good lead at the top.

Joey Antipas’ men were knocked out of the Chibuku Super Cup in the quarterfinals by Chapungu before the Dynamos loss and the championship winning gaffer has challenged his men to rise up to the occasion.

How Mine are limping, having fired the nomadic Luke Masomere and installed Jerry Makota in his place until the end of the season in an interim basis.

Makota is yet to win a match, his best result being last weekend’s 0-0 draw away to Whawha and he will be hoping to build on that.

To expect him to perform miracles against a wounded Chicken Inn, would be too much, but this being a local derby it can go either way.

And the immediate beneficiaries of a drawn match could be second placed FC Platinum if they defeat relegation Midlands rivals Whawha.


Needs to recover from Chibuku Cup setback ... FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza

Platinum have had a rough patch as well, losing to Dynamos in the Chibuku Cup last eight before an away draw to Tsholotsho. But they will obviously seek to bounce back to winning ways.

Third placed defending champions Dynamos have the toughest match against the same team they will face in the Chibuku Super Cup - Harare City.

Dynamos are on a purple patch and Rodreck Mutuma is on fire, but so is Francesco Zekumbawire of City.

While Dynamos scored two goals in the last two matches, City plundered nine and that sets the stage for a humdinger of a match.

Elsewhere, ZPC Kariba are at home to Caps United while Highlanders host Dongo Sawmill at Barbourfields seeking to reverse a decline that has seen slowly slide into the relegation zone.

The problems at Bosso are just too many for now; coach Bongani Mafu was fired, interim Amin Soma Phiri is already under pressure, club chairman Peter Dube is facing calls to step down.



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And, as if that was not trouble enough, club treasurer Emmett Ndlovu lost R14 000 of the club’s money to robbers in South Africa recently. The only thing that is needed is just a win.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday: How Mine vs Chicken Inn (Luveve), ZPC Kariba vs Caps United (Nyamhunga), FC Platinum vs Whawha (Mandava), Buffaloes vs Tsholotsho

Sunday: Dynamos vs Harare City (Rufaro), Highlanders vs Dongo Sawmill (Barbourfields), Triangle vs Flame Lily (Gibbo), Hwange vs Chapungu





 
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