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Taurai Mangwiro: The ultimate party spoiler

Ruined Dynamos' title chances last weekend ... Taurai Mangwiro

13/10/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Harare City coach ... Taurai Mangwiro

HARARE City could turn out - for the third year running-to be the party spoilers for the Castle Premiership title contenders, albeit this time for defending champions Dynamos.

City held Dynamos to a 0-0 draw at Rufaro on Sunday to see the champions remain in third place with 46 points, two behind second placed FC Platinum and six behind leaders Chicken Inn.

Chicken Inn scored twice in three minutes in their 2-1 comeback win over How Mine on Saturday at Luveve.

On the other hand, Platinum thumped Whawha 3-0 at Mandava to ensure the season will go down to the wire.

But like in the last two seasons, it is City coach Taurai Mangwiro who has been coming into the title matrix at the most crucial times of the season.

In 2013 while at Caps United, his team held Harare City to a goalless draw in the last match of the season, thereby handing the club that he once played for, Dynamos, their third league title on the trot. On the day, Dynamos thumped Black Mambas 3-0 to capitalise to City’s slip.

In 2014, while still at the Green Machine, they stunned ZPC Kariba 3-2 at Gwanzura, again on the last day, and again, to hand over to Dynamos their fourth title on the row.

He has been accused of aiding Dynamos’ cause in the league races, but Sunday’s draw was a different matter altogether.

Relegation fight

At the bottom of the Premiership, Buffaloes, after their 1-1 draw against Tsholotsho at Sakubva, are slowly joining the race to relegation.

They have 26 points, three away from Tsholotsho, who have a seemingly easy tie against Whawha in a fortnight.

The duo of Dongo and Flame Lily are equally on their way back to the lower division after just a nine-month dance with the top guns.

While these five are facing battle to stay up, Northern Region Division One side Ngezi Platinum have ‘gone up’ into the PSL after winning promotion at the weekend.

They beat Blue Swallows 1-0 to move to an unassailable 65 points and even if second placed Black Rhinos win their remaining matches, they can only reach 64.

Ngezi are owned by Zimplats, and their first port of call would be to renovate their stadium to meet PSL standards otherwise they could be forced to move to Harare.

But Zimplats chairman is Muchadeyi Masunda, a former sports commission boss and an avid soccer fan, knows the community there would not allow such a thing to happen and renovations have to begin sooner than later at the existing infrastructure, about 156-km south west of Harare.


Bulawayo City are likely to become the second team to get a premiership slot, from the Southern Region, as they need just three points from the remaining four matches.

The team is owned by the Bulawayo City Council and club chairman is former Highlanders treasurer Jerry Sibanda. They are coached by Philani ‘Beefy’ Ncube, the 2008 Coach of the Year and former Njube Sundowns and How Mine boss.

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