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Zimbabwe Soccer Clubs Brace for Tough Weekend Games

  • Michael Kariati

Castle Lager Premier Soccer League action roars into week 10 with excitement in some quarters and chaos at one of the biggest football teams.

Followers of Border Strikers are set to watch the local boys in action in their own backyard after the National Football Association of Zimbabwe approved the use of Dulivhadzimu Stadium for use for Castle Lager Premier Soccer League matches.

Border Strikers have been using Maglas Stadium in Zvishavane but this has been hitting hard on them in terms of transport costs and in playing in a stadium which their players were not familiar with.

The team managed to pick up only three points in four matches but things have now changed and the club leadership is hoping to take advantage of using their own home ground to add to that tally starting with a win over Chapungu on Sunday.

The Beitbridge community has received the news of Dulivhadzimu with excitement and the 5,000 seater stadium should be full to the brim as for the first time in three months, Border Strikers fans will watch their team on their doorsteps.

That is the excitement that is at Border Strikers but not so at the Green Machine of Caps United who in two days’ time travel to Sakubva Stadium to face Mutare City Rovers.

Chaos is reigning supreme after the Green Machine players the whole of this week boycotted training demanding that they be paid their May salaries and outstanding winning bonuses accrued from their win over Chicken Inn.


Club president Farai Jere this afternoon said his team has returned to training but was sarcastic asking whether a delay in salary payment in Zimbabwe meant a crisis.

Caps United need to win their game against Mutare City Rovers to go top of the PSL standings but football analyst Silas Mugodi has warned the Green Machine that it will not be easy for them considering the short time they have been in training.

Leaders FC Platinum are not in action as they were supposed to face Chicken Inn.

The Game Corks cannot play as they have more than three players with the national team that is on its way back from Namibia from the Cosafa Castle Cup tournament.

Dynamos, who have been in mourning following the death of eight of their supporters, are back at Rufaro Stadium to face Ngezi Platinum Stars after picking up six points in the three games that a new coaching set up has been in charge.

Although the club have resigned Denver Mukamba who has returned from Bidvest Wits in South Africa in addition to Roderick Mutuma who has recovered from injury, assistant coach Murape Murape says these
players will have to justify their selection into the first team.

Moses Chunga and his Harare City are out of town for the second week in a row and this time they are on their way to Bulawayo to engage sixth placed Bulawayo City at Barboufields Stadium.

Surprisingly, Chunga who normally looks down upon his opponents, has so much respect for Bulawayo City.

He has every reason to as Bulawayo City have been the most consistent of the newly-promoted sides with an impressive three wins and five draws in nine matches.

Highlanders are one of the three teams with the chance of going top of the table should they win their away Bulawayo derby against former coach Kelvin Kaindu’s How Mine.

Three points for the Bulawayo giants will push them to 20 points, one ahead of leaders FC Platinum but Bosso an advantage of another game they still have to play against Chicken Inn.

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