Hwange, Tsholot­sho tar­get FC Plat­inum and Caps United

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

LOWLY placed Hwange and Tsholot­sho FC have de­clared war on Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League top of the ta­ble clubs FC Plat­inum and Caps United, who they face re­spec­tively this af­ter­noon.

Hwange and Tsholot­sho be­lieve they have noth­ing to lose and pres­sure will be on FC Plat­inum, who on top with 36 points and Caps United in sec­ond place.

The coalmin­ers visit Man­dava Sta­dium in Zvisha­vane this af­ter­noon con­fi­dent of com­plet­ing a dou­ble over cham­pi­onship favourites FC Plat­inum.

Hwange were the sec­ond team to beat FC Plat­inum this sea­son, emerg­ing 2-1 win­ners at the Col­liery Sta­dium last month.

The vis­i­tors’ coach Me­belo Njekwa said their in­ten­tion is to col­lect max­i­mum points and move up the lad­der, but he’s aware the plat­inum min­ers will throw ev­ery­thing at them for vic­tory to in­crease their lead.

“This will be a tightly con­tested game be­cause we beat them in the first round and they ob­vi­ously want a win. For them, it will be more of a re­venge mis­sion, and be­ing cham­pi­onship favourites, they’re hard-pressed for vic­tory, which they won’t get on a sil­ver platter be­cause we also want to move up the lad­der. We’re try­ing to build con­sis­tency, mean­ing that we’re go­ing to Zvisha­vane with high hopes of get­ting some­thing pos­i­tive,” said Njekwa.

Gift Mb­weti, scorer of Hwange’s soli­tary goal against Tsholot­sho on Sun­day, is ex­pected to start to­day’s match.

The coalmin­ers will be hop­ing goal­keeper Fu­ture Sibanda, young­sters An­drew Tandi and Pritchard Mphelele, vet­er­ans Obert Moyo, Ger­ald Ndlovu, An­drew Tshuma and Gil­bert Zulu can lead them to vic­tory.

Njekwa also spoke of the need to con­vert chances they cre­ate this af­ter­noon.

If they fail to make use of their chances, Hwange risk be­ing pun­ished by FC Plat­inum, whose never-say­die at­ti­tude saw them notch­ing up a late 1-0 win over Bu­l­awayo City at Bar­bour­fields on Satur­day.

The plat­inum min­ers are likely to give their mid­sea­son sign­ings util­ity player Wil­liam Stima and strik­ers Charles Sibanda and Michael Kawashu game time against Hwange.

Other play­ers to watch in­clude the Moyo twins Kevin and Elvis, cen­tre-back Gift Bello, mid­field­ers Nqo­bizitha Ma­suku, Win­ston Mhango, who has been a key fig­ure, Wal­ter Mu­sona and Rod­well Chinyengetere.

At Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium this af­ter­noon, Tsholot­sho will be hop­ing to bounce back to win­ning ways by spring­ing a shocker against Caps United, who are bub­bling with con­fi­dence fol­low­ing a 1-0 win over High­landers in their last out­ing.

Tsholot­sho FC are lick­ing wounds from a 0-1 away loss to Hwange.

Lizwe Sweswe, the Tsholot­sho coach, said they were ready for Caps United.

“It’s a tough game, but we’re pre­pared to get three points. We’re not both­ered what they do be­cause we’ve got dif­fer­ent goals. They want to re­main in the cham­pi­onship race and we want to get away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone, which means it’s go­ing to be an in­ter­est­ing match,” said Sweswe.

Goal­keeper Nickel Marichi, de­fend­ers MacClive Phiri, Nkosi Moyo, Thando Ncube and Spar Moyo will have to be at­ten­tive to thwart Caps United’s raids likely to be led by Do­minic Chungwa, Tafadzwa Rusike and Simba Nhivi.

Cham­pi­ons Chicken Inn should brace for a tough en­counter at Ngezi Plat­inum Stars, who are un­beaten in six games. Chicken Inn ended a four-match win­less streak with a 2-0 home win over Harare City at the week­end. — @ZililoR *Please ac­cept our apolo­gies for the mis­take that ap­peared on the PSL ta­ble in Mon­day and yes­ter­day’s edi­tions of the pa­per plac­ing High­landers sec­ond in­stead of Caps United. This was due to the er­ro­neous use of an au­to­mated log tem­plate. The cor­rect log ta­ble is as pub­lished above. — Edi­tor

Shadreck Mlauzi

Lizwe Sweswe Me­belo Njekwa

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