Another litmus test for Gamecocks, Dembare

15 Jul, 2022 - 00:07 0 Views
Another litmus test for Gamecocks, Dembare Norman Mapeza


Fungai Muderere
SMARTING from two consecutive defeats, title chasing Chicken Inn are on Sunday set to get another litmus test when they square it off against equally bruised Bulawayo Chiefs in a derby tie to be played at Luveve Stadium.

Chicken Inn, who have not scored in their last two games, last weekend watched in disbelief as they were edged 1-0 by relegation threaten Tenax FC. It was a development that saw FC Platinum, who sit on the apex of the log, open a five points gap.

“We have gone for two games with no goals and on the other hand FC Platinum have been doing great.  However, we need to think much about the championship. We need to rectify our mistakes and try to win our next games,” said Chicken Inn head coach Joey Antipas.

Luveve Stadium

Gamecocks, who sit on position two on the log with 38 points, will do battle against Chiefs without the services of their first-choice goalkeeper Donovan Bernard who has completed his move to South Africa’s Tshakuma Tsha Madzivandila who play in the Motsepe Foundation Championship.

Bernard reportedly left the country on Tuesday to join his new teammates. The development will see Gamecocks’ second choice goalminder Pride Zendera being thrust into the starting eleven against an unpredictable Amakhosi Amahle.

Stuttering Dynamos will bank on their football Gods when they entertain the high riding and youth FC Platinum at National Sports Stadium.

Of late, DeMbare have been unconvincing making their game against Norman Mapeza’s charges a must win if they are still to entertain the hopes of clinching the league championship after a long barren streak.

Tenax FC

While the centre seems to be failing to hold at DeMbare, Highlanders, under their Portuguese coach Baltemar Jose de Oliveira Brito are experiencing a revival and last weekend they dispatched Mutare-based Manica Diamonds 3-0.

It was a sweat victory for the black and white army and on Saturday Brito’s men invade Gweru to fight it out against Whawha at Ascot Stadium.

Baobab Stadium will be the venue for the game between inconsistent Ngezi Platinum Stars and former Cup Kings CAPS United.

Joey Antipas

Seemingly resurgent Bulawayo City will on Saturday play host to Tenax FC in battle of relegation threatened sides.

Week 21 Fixtures
Saturday: ZPC Kariba v Cranborne Bullets (Nyamhunga), Bulawayo City v Tenax (Barbourfields), Ngezi Platinum Stars v CAPS United (Baobab), Harare City v Triangle (NSS), Whawha v Highlanders (Ascot), Manica Diamonds v Herentals (Vengere)Sunday: Bulawayo Chiefs v Chicken Inn (Luveve), Dynamos v FC Platinum (NSS), Black Rhinos v Yadah FC (Vengere)

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