The stage is set for a bruising Castle Lager Premier Soccer League battle between table topping Chicken Inn and defending champions Dynamos at Barbourfields Stadium Sunday.
This is probably both Chicken Inn and Dynamos’ biggest match at this stage of the season.
A win for Chicken Inn will bring them closer to the league title while a loss coupled by a win for FC Platinum over Tsholotsho Pirates will send the league title race wide open.
Chicken Inn lead the table with 49 points followed by FC Platinum on 44 points and Dynamos on 42 points.
Dynamos coach Tonderayi Ndiraya admits they have a tough battle in at Barbourfields, adding that they need to go an extra mile to come out with a good result.
Although Dynamos are way off the pace, Ndiraya is refusing to throw in the towel saying it’s not over until it is over.
A big danger is lurking for both Chicken Inn and Dynamos in the form of FC Platinum.
The miners are five points behind the leaders and a draw between the Game Corks and Dembare will suit Kukona Kunenge Kudada should they win over Tsholotsho Pirates tomorrow.
However, coach Norman Mapeza is modest saying they do not want to put themselves under pressure by focusing too much on the league title than their own play.
At the same, a battle of the new coaches is also on the cards when Caps United’s Green Machine hosts Highlanders at the National Sports Stadium. So far, it is so good for both Lloyd Chitembwe and Cosmos Zulu.
Chitembwe has four points from his two games in charge and the Green Machine fans are starting to celebrate.
But will they celebrate again against Bosso.
The other matches on the cards are
Chapungu v Buffaloes
Flame Lilly v ZPC Kariba
Harare City v Triangle
Whawha v How Mine
Dongo v Hwange
Meanwhile, the newly appointed minister of sport and recreation, Makhosini Hlongwane has ordered an investigation into allegations that Zimbabwe sent athletes, including some injured ones, to the just-ended Africa Games.
Hlongwane has also asked the Sport and Recreation Commission to investigate the alleged indiscipline that characterized the team’s stay both in Congo Brazzavile and on their way back home.
One of the athletes is alleged to have falsified his start to be disqualified while another Kenneth Chibwana was arrested at the Jomo
Kenyata Airport in Kenya following a fight.
Zimbabwe managed a paltry eight medals at the Games, three golds and three bronze.
The good news, however, is in cricket where the Pakistan team arrived in Harare yesterday for their two week tour of Zimbabwe.
Pakistan have brought their best side to Zimbabwe, including the big hitting Shahid Afridi as well as Mohammed Afeez, Umah Akmal, and Shoaib Malik, and Sohaib Masquood, who have a lot of international experience.
The two sides will clash in two T20 matches starting Sunday at Harare Sports Club before three ODI Matches at the same venue on October 1, 3, and 5.