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Highlanders v ZPC Kariba

A BATTLE that could potentially seal Highlanders’ PSL fate looms at Hartsfield Stadium on Sunday when the Bulawayo giants host dark horses ZPC Kariba.

ZPC Kariba have emerged as title contenders in their debut PSL season which they have also proved to be party spoilers.

Saul Chaminuka’s men have already humbled Dynamos with a 1-0 league win and held Highlanders to a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture.

Now they are in Bulawayo to face Highlanders who are under pressure to win the league title for the first time since 2006.

Making Sunday’s clash a grudge encounter one is the fact that ZPC Kariba last week dislodged Highlanders from position two on the log.

ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka said they would be in Bulawayo for serious business.

“We are not under pressure because we are playing against a team that has demanding fans who are pushing their players. We are just getting ourselves ready for the match,” Chaminuka said.

We are not under any pressure ... ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka

He added: “We are going to Bulawayo to play football though. Yes we need the points. We have to win. Look at the stage that this league race has reached. I think the real campaign has started now.”

If Highlanders fail to collect maximum points from ZPC Kariba, it could further widen the gap between them and leaders Dynamos.

Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu is reported to have been given an ultimatum by the club chiefs and if he fails to beat ZPC Kariba, he could be packing his bags to his native Zambia next week.

Shabanie Mine v Dynamos

VETERAN Shabanie Mine defender Zvenyika Makonese believes they can pull out a positive result in their visit to Dynamos on Sunday.

Dynamos are seriously pushing for a fourth straight league title and last weekend’s 0-0 draw away at FC Platinum will definitely make them up their tempo against Shabanie with seven games remaining before the league concludes.


But Shabanie Mine could be an impediment in their title charge if Makonese’s thoughts on the game are anything to go by.

“Dynamos are a good team there is no doubt about that. They are really serious about their league campaign,” Makonese said.

“But we are also playing to stay on the safe side. We have to survive relegation and that makes us dangerous. We can beat Dynamos because we really need maximum points.”

The 37-year-old former Orlando Pirates defence pillar said his experience could come handy at the face of an improved Dynamos strikeforce.

“Of course my experience comes here and there depending on game situations but we play as a team. I have played big matches that come with a lot of pressure before. We just have to be composed against Dynamos and focus on doing a good job,” he said.

Shabanie Mine are third from bottom as they battle to avoid demotion from the top-flight league.

Sunday Fixtures: Dynamos v Shabanie Mine (Rufaro SS), Triangle v Harare City (Gibbo), Highlanders v ZPC Kariba (Hartsfield)

Saturday Results: How Mine 1-1 Chicken Inn (Hartsfield), FC Platinum 2-1 Buffaloes (Mandava), Chapungu v Chiredzi (Abandoned), Black Rhinos 1-1 Caps United (Rimuka SS)

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