By Tendai Dune
BATTLE lines have been drawn in the mouthwatering premier league’s top of the table clash set for Baobab stadium this Saturday, as Ngezi Platinum host Highlanders FC.
The match is gathering momentum by the day, as both teams are currently enjoying a purple patch in the premier league.
It remains to be seen whether Bosso (Highlanders) are upto the task of inflicting a first loss on Madamburo (Ngezi Platinum), who have not lost a premier league match at their home ground, since last season.
However, Bosso fans can bank on history, as the Bulawayo giants have managed to win 3 of their four encounters against Madamburo in the league, but losing one last season at the same venue that is slowly becoming a fortress.
Troubled Harare giants, Dynamos FC will be looking to register the elusive first win of the season in seven attempts, when they host Bulawayo city at Rufaro Stadium this Sunday.
The match is direct contrast to the one pitting Madamburo and Bosso, as both Dembare and Bulawayo city are both in stuck in the relegation zone, with Dembare firmly sitting second place from the bottom of the league with a meagre 3 points, while Bulawayo city are only a point above them (Dynamos).
However, it will not be a stroll in the park for Dembare, as Bulawayo city will also be hoping for a turn of fortunes, in order to improve on their log position.
Dynamos has only managed to score 4 goals and conceded 8 goals in the process, going down in history as the worst ever performance from the slowly fading Harare giants over the past 2 decades, since the commencement of the PSL era.
Shabanie Mine play host to troubled ZPC Kariba on Saturday, who currently occupy the bottom of the league with only 3 points to their name. They are at the bottom of the log due to goal difference which is at -7, unlike Dynamos who are at -4. ZPC Kariba will travel to Maglass stadium in Zvishavane hoping to bag all 3 points.
New boys, Bulawayo Chiefs travel to the capital for a date with army side Black Rhinos at Rufaro Stadium, on Saturday. The clash is set to be explosive as the teams are only separated by a point, with Chiefs sitting 8 points and Chauya Chipembere on 10th position, respectively. Chiefs come into the match high on confidence, after a morale boosting victory over defending champions, FC Platinum at their base in Bulawayo, last weekend.
Meanwhile, FC Platinum has received a timely boost with the return of head coach, Norman Mapeza this week at their training base after sustaining a back injury.
Norman Mapeza had been given a 6 months sick leave, however he made a quick recovery and was given the green light by his physician to resume duties.
FC Platinum will be looking forward to bounce back to winning ways when they face Mutare City, after a suffering a shock defeat at the hands of Bulawayo Chiefs, last weekend. The match will be played at Roversat Vengere stadium, this Saturday.
In other Matches, Triangle will host Chapungu at Gibbo Stadium on Sunday, in Chiredzi. Chicken Inn face Yadah FC at Luveve stadium, Bulawayo. Nichrut will face Caps United at Ascot Stadium, who are on high note after dismissing Dynamos at NSS last Sunday. Herentals play against Harare City at NSS on Saturday.