The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League race enters its second round with focus on Dynamos coach Paulo Jorge Silva.
Dynamos’ impatient fans are already calling for Silva’s head following the club’s 3-0 defeat by league champions Chicken Inn last week and a number of controversial incidents off the field of play.
Another loss this time tomorrow against Triangle will not be taken lightly as Dynamos has not gone through such a disastrous path since 2011 when Lloyd Mutasa was sacked after only six games.
Dynamos have given Silva four matches but he might not reach there as club president Keni Mubaiwa has come out in the open that their tradition is to fire coaches who fail to deliver.
“Dynamos have a tradition. When a coach fails to bring the required results we fire,” said Mubaiwa.
However, Silva is buoyant and has promised he will deliver and bring the Castle Lager Premiership title to Dembare despite the current setbacks.
“I came here to win. The league championship is my goal. With 15 teams to compete with, I know it will not be easy,” said Silva.
The biggest game of the weekend is the one at Barbourfields Stadium between onfire Highlanders and last season’s third placed team, FC Platinum.
Both teams posted wins in their opening matches of the season with Highlanders thumping Hwange 3-0 while FC Platinum were 2-1 winners over Tsholotsho Pirates.
Although Highlanders have come out clear that their aim is to regain the title they last won in 2006, FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza says they do not want to put themselves under pressure by setting themselves some targets.
“We are not setting ourselves any targets. Our aim is to play so that we do not put pressure on ourselves,” said Mapeza.
At the same time, champions Chicken Inn are favourites to collect maximum points against newly promoted Border Strikers while Ngezi Platinum Stars entertain Caps United.
Both teams got off to a perfect start with Ngezi Platinum hammering Mutare City 3-0 while the Green Machine also hit three goals past Chapungu.
Hwange and Chapungu who both lost their opening games by identical 3-0 margins engage each other at Ascot Stadium tomorrow.
Another Bulawayo Derby is on the cards this time between newboys Bulawayo City and Tsholotsho Pirates. Bulawayo City picked up one point when the season opened while Tsholotsho Pirates lost to FC Platinum.
In rugby, the Zimbabwe Sevens team, the Cheetahs, are in Hong Kong bidding to qualify to join Kenya and South Africa as Africa’s representatives in the elite HSBC World Series.
The Zimbabweans are in the same group with Germany, Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands which Zimbabwe Rugby Union’s director of rugby Brighton Chivandire thinks they can win.
The top team in the group goes through to the final qualifying round.