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Will Chicken Inn Beat Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa?

  • Michael Kariati

Chicken Inn Football Club on on top of the Premier Soccer League table. (Photo: Chicken Inn Facebook page)

Chicken Inn Football Club on on top of the Premier Soccer League table. (Photo: Chicken Inn Facebook page)

It’s an action packed weekend for Zimbabwean football lovers.

Two Pan African football matches and a Zimbabwe National Army Charity quarter final match featuring Dynamos make up what is a bumper soccer weekend for football lovers.

There is also the Highlanders 90th birthday celebrations at Barbourfields Stadium - the home of the oldest club in Zimbabwean football where the club’s Chief Executive Officer Ndumiso Gumede has promised a day to remember.

However, the talk of the football fraternity the whole of this week has been whether Zimbabwe champions Chicken Inn would be able to withstand Mamelodi Sundowns’ firepower.

The South African club are top of the table and go into the Chicken Inn game having beaten title rivals Mpumalanga Blacks 2-1 on Wednesday.

They also welcome back star player, Zimbabwean Khama Billiart who missed the first leg at Barbourfields Stadium through injury.

Chicken Inn lead 1-0 following that win in Zimbabwe and football follower Levison Ndudzo believes should the Gamecocks stop Billiart then they will be home and dry.

The Zimbabwe champions coach Joey Antipas says they are not giving the so-called Brazillians any respect and will play their normal game.

Over 2,000 Highlanders fans based in South Africa have promised they would be in the stadium to cheer Chicken Inn to victory. Also in action but this time in the Caf Confederation Cup are Harare City who are away in Madagascar against AS Adema. The Zimbabwe carry a narrow 3-2 lead and coach Taurai Mangwiro thinks the last minute winner at Rufaro Stadium two weeks ago will be vital.

Putting the icing on the cake will be the Zimbabwe National Army Charity Challenge quarter final showdown between Dynamos and Sunday Chidzambwa’s ZPC Kariba.

Although there has been excitement in the Dynamos camp, that came from friendly matches and this is the real test.

A lot of other issues are also happening in the team’s dressing room after new coach Jorge Silva last week exchanged harsh words with goalkeepers coach Gift Muzadzi.

The Dynamos coach yesterday also assaulted a Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation cameraman, something which has raised concern about his own discipline.

However, Silva says he is not in Zimbabwe on holiday but to be the champion.

However, Zimbabwe football fans are hoping that Chicken Inn and Harare City will send them celebrating come the end of their assignments this weekend.

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