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Top of the table clash as Baobab as Ngezi host FC platinum

By Sports Reporter

THE biggest football spectacle has been set for the Baobab Stadium on Saturday where Ngezi Platinum host defending champions FC Platinum in a top of the table clash.

The clash between the two teams is seen as a pointer to where the pendulum would swing at the end of the campaign.

Both sides share top spot with 38 points each after 15 matches of campaign. They have literally turned the championship, into an exhibition of a

two horse race, as the league programme staggers towards the half way
mark.
The encounter has generated so much hype across the country evoking emotions even in Harare and Bulawayo, long regarded the centre of football power.

That the match between FC Platinum and Ngezi Platinum has turned out to be the most alluring is not by accident but design. 
What is perhaps fascinating is that the two teams have contrasting playing styles. FC Platinum is a firm believer in ball retention and passing while Ngezi Platinum employs a system of moving the ball from the back to the front in the quickest possible time.

The beauty of it all is that both employ their philosophies to great effect.

Fans have already been witness to the Harare derby this season pitting Dynamos and Caps United.

Of course, this was a big match in terms of the history and the battle for supremacy between the two Harare football teams. Perhaps the only low point was that the match came at a time when Dynamos was battling to repel the demons which had threatened to confine them to the bottom of the table. Even so, it (the Harare derby) lived up to expectations.

The Caps United clashes against Ngezi Platinum and Highlanders too were
a spectacle that will linger on for quite some time. Then there is the battle between Dynamos and Highlanders at Rufaro. It reaffirmed the widely held view that this duel remains one of the biggest matches in both stature and quality although Dynamos have slipped away while Highlanders in third place on the log standings have put up a strong fight thus far.

The Bulawayo giants have 29 points from 15 matches, nine behind joint leaders Ngezi Platinum and FC Platinum

Fixtures

Saturday: Nichrut v Triangle United (Ascot), Chicken Inn v Herentals (Luveve), ZPC Kariba v Harare City (Nyamhunga), CAPS United v Bulawayo City (NSS), Ngezi Platinum Stars v FC Platinum (Baobab)

Sunday: Mutare City Rovers v Dynamos (Vengere), Shabanie Mine v Black Rhinos (Maglas), Highlanders v Bulawayo Chiefs (Barbourfields), Yadah v Chapungu (NSS).