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Crucial Weekend Fixtures for Top PSL Clubs

  • Michael Kariati

Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu.

Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu.

The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League race enters week 21 this weekend with all the top teams walking on a tight rope.

Not a single of the top four placed teams have an easy task with leaders Chicken Inn the hardest pressed as they face neighbors Highlanders.

Both the two teams’ coaches Joey Antipas for Chicken Inn and Bongani Mafu for Highlanders are under pressure after losing their games last weekend.

For Mafu, another defeat will not do him well after the events that took centre stage at Ascot Stadium last Sunday.

Mafu had to be escorted out of the stadium by riot police after his team’s fans ran amok after a 1-0 defeat to Hwahwa Prisons.

Another defeat especially at Barbourfields Stadium is unlikely to be taken lightly by his team’s impatient horde of followers who are desperate for a win.

Mafu says against the Game Cocks he is playing for three points and get the backing of his team’s supporters.

However, Antipas has put behind his team’s 1-0 defeat to Hwange and says his mind is focused on the Highlanders match.

Second placed Triangle also have a tall order as they travel to Mandava Stadium to face Norman Mapeza’s FC Platinum who are unbeaten in 12 matches.

However, Dynamos are at home but also against a strong How Mine whose coach Luke Masomere sarcastically says they have found themselves in the league title race when they were just playing for fun.

On the other hand, Dynamos coach Tonderayi Ndiraya is looking for nothing less than victory as his team seeks a fifth consecutive league championship.

Inconsistent Caps United travel to Ascot Stadium for a date with Chapungu and under-fire coach Mark Mathe knows the importance of winning this game.

The other matches lined up for the weekend are as follows.

ZPC Kariba vs Hwahwa; Hwange vs Harare City; Buffaloes vs Flame Lilly; Dongo Sawmills vs Tsholotsho Pirates.

After the games, the league will take a break to pave way for the Warriors’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea set for the National Sports Stadium on September 6.

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