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Tricky ties for Caps, DeMbare, Highlanders


First chance to take over the summit of the league ... Caps United coach Taurai Mangwiro

04/07/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Expected to help fire Caps United to the top ... Dominic Chungwa
 
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TOP spot in the Castle Premiership is up for grabs again as the giants Highlanders, Dynamos and Caps United face tough matches in round 14 this weekend.

After ZPC moved into second place on Thursday after beating Hwange 2-0 at the Colliery, the country’s three most successful clubs can lay claim to the top spot this weekend.

Caps United, who last won the league title in 2005 under Charles Mhlauri and started the season rather poorly, have the earliest chance, but a tough one, when they travel to Bulawayo to face gritty Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium.

Chicken Inn picked up four points from their last two matches and now have 20 points from 13 games while Caps are on 23 points, one behind the leaders and this alone provides a lot of confidence for the Green Machine.

And history is on their side as well: in their last six encounters, Caps have won three times, drawn once and lost twice.

They go into Saturday’s without the trusted duo of Ronald Pfumbidzai and Tendai Samanja, who failed late fitness tests, but can still rely on bustling hitman Dominic Chungwa and Leonard Fiyado.

Chicken Inn will welcome back Danny Phiri from trials in South Africa and also have a wealth of experience in Clemence Matawu, Thomas Matawu, Ramson Zhuwawo  and George Majika.


Trying to solve problem of strikers who can't to score ... Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa

Dynamos are at home to struggling Black Rhinos-a match they should easily win although they have previously found the going tough against the so-called minnows having fallen to Buffaloes and ZPC Kariba at home.

The defending champions’ problem has been finding the goals, but they have a solid defence that does not concede.

On Sunday, Highlanders meet their nemesis How Mine, whom they have not beaten in two league matches, with their only win having come from the Mbada Diamonds Cup final, which they convincingly won 3-0 on November 30.

In fact, in the league, Highlanders have not scored against How Mine. They lost 2-1 in their first match when Herbert Dick scored an own goal and lost the reverse tie 1-0.



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The Bulawayo giants will be looking to breaking that poor run after last week’s 3-1 win over Black Rhinos. How Mine came unstuck against Triangle, losing 2-1 at Gibbo.

Luke Masomere takes his Buffaloes charges to Shabanie Mine where he was coach in the last two seasons on Sunday.

FC Platinum, unconvincing under Lloyd Mutasa, have a date against Chapungu at Ascot Stadium on Saturday while Chiredzi, who have not trained in the last three days due to leadership squabbles, meet equally troubled Harare City at Chishamiso.


How to beat How Mine in the league this season? ... Highlanders coach, Kelvin Kaindu

FIXTURES

Saturday: Chicken Inn v Caps United (Luveve, Live on SuperSport 9), Chiredzi FC v Harare City (Chishamiso Stadium), Chapungu v FC Platinum, Ascot)

Sunday: How Mine v Highlanders (Barbourfields, Live on SuperSport 9), Shabanie Mine v Buffaloes (Maglas), Dynamos v Black Rhinos (National Sports Stadium)





 
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