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Highlanders, Caps United in Top of The Table Clash

  • Michael Kariati

The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League reaches its halfway mark with a top of the table clash between leaders Caps United and second placed Highlanders.

What a way to round off the first half of the season than a game between Caps United and Highlanders, the two leading teams in the 16 team Castle Lager Premier Soccer League assembly.

This fixture was not by design but accidental and it is good that the leadership of the Premier Soccer League for the first 15 games of the season will be decided by the two teams fighting for that top position.

Caps United lead the table with 29 points, two ahead of both Highlanders and FC Platinum, and a draw at Babourfields Stadium would suit the Green Machine well.

However, those who claim to know Zimbabwean football better are of the opinion that in terms of quality of players the Green Machine are way behind.

Football analyst Andrew Rwodzi says man for man Bosso have too much overall strength over Lloyd Chitembwe’s Green Machine.

“I think Bosso has too much quality for the Green Machine. There is no-one at Caps you can compare with the likes of Bruce Kangwa or Price Dube. I think, three points are heading Bosso way,” said Rwodzi.

Although he would have loved Caps United to win, Dynamos supporter Koshern Murasiranwa says the Green Machine followers themselves have no faith in their own team, adding that it is difficult to back such a side.


“I was hoping that Caps would win but their own supporters have lost confidence in the team and there are squabbles. There are also demanding that the current coach must go and that should dampen their confidence,” said Murasiranwa

Both FC Platinum on 27 points and Dynamos on 24 points will be watching proceedings with keen interest as they want one of either Bosso or Makepekepe to lose to remain in touch with the leadership.

FC Platinum are at home to Bulawayo City Rovers.

There was protest at Nyamhunga Stadium Wednesday targeted at Sunday Chidzambwa after Katuruturu sunk to their third defeat in four games with the other game having ended in a draw.

However, Chidzambwa says he is not worried about the off the field events as he has a programme which he set up at the beginning of the season which has to follow.

“First of all in the first round, we are trying to avoid relegation. Come second half, we are going to see what we are going to do next,” said Chidzambwa.

However, Chidzambwa has every reason to be worried as the protesting voices are set to grow louder as he visits onfire Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium Sunday.

With the way Dynamos are playing, there is a little chance that Katuruturu will pick up maximum points or even a point and Chidzambwa should brace himself for an unhappy welcome when he goes back home.

After back to back defeats, Moses Chunga finally picked up three points at ZPC Kariba but this time he has a very difficult proposition in the form of Chicken Inn at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow.

However, Bambo jockingly says his high profile makes every team want to beat Harare City and has urged his team to guard against complacency.

“It’s going to be harder because with my profile people would want to beat Bambo. So guarding against complacency is going to be my target,” said Chunga.

The following matches will round off the first half of the season.

Ngezi Platinum Stars V Triangle Baobab
Tsholotsho Pirates V Hwange White City
Border Strikers V How Mine Dulivhadzimu
Chapungu V Mutare City Rovers Ascot

After the games, the club are going on a two week break.

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