Tsholot­sho, Chicken Inn out to prove a point

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

PO­TEN­TIALLY ex­cit­ing Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League matches are lined up for Bu­l­awayo to­mor­row when de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Chicken Inn take on Tsholot­sho in a lo­cal derby at White City Sta­dium, while How Mine en­ter­tain Cha­pungu at Lu­veve Sta­dium.

Tsholot­sho are in a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion on the ta­ble, sec­ond from the bot­tom with 13 points from 19 games. To en­hance their sur­vival chances, the Zh­wane Boys are hard­pressed for a vic­tory against the cham­pi­ons.

Chicken Inn won the first leg 1-0, with striker Obidiah Tarumbwa grab­bing the al­limpor­tant goal, but to­mor­row’s en­counter presents a chal­lenge for the cham­pi­ons, who have been in­con­sis­tent.

Tsholot­sho are tar­get­ing Chicken Inn’s scalp, with their gaffer Lizwe Sweswe say­ing they need to win six out of their 11 matches to sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion.

Tsholot­sho will be hop­ing that goal­keeper Mariy­oni Chang, de­fend­ers MacClive Phiri, Nkosi­lathi Moyo, Than­dol­wenkosi Ncube and Spar Dube per­form to ex­pec­ta­tions.

Zimise­leni Moyo, who joined the club dur­ing the mid­sea­son trans­fer win­dow, Bruno Madan­hire, Kriess Chi­tiyo and Ocient Ncube will com­pete for places in mid­field, while Ni­cholas Mun­dan­dishe and Mustafa Pony­era should lead the strike­force.

Chicken Inn, who drew 1-1 with High­landers in a vi­o­lence-marred match last Sun­day, will be hop­ing to end their three-match win­less streak by adding to Tsholot­sho’s woes.

On pa­per Chicken Inn are favourites to win the en­counter, as they have a num­ber of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers that led them to the cham­pi­onship last sea­son.

Goal­keeper Elvis Chipezeze, de­fend­ers Pass­more Bernard, Devine Lunga, Lawrence Mh­langa and Moses Jack­son are ca­pa­ble of stop­ping Tsholot­sho’s at­tack­ers and at the same time ini­ti­ate at­tacks.

On a good day Chicken Inn mid­field­ers Tha­bani Gore­dema, Tafad­wza Kutinyu, Cle­mence Matawu, Pride Tafirenyika, Ge­orge Ma­jika and Chris Sa­mak­w­eri can dis­man­tle any op­po­si­tion, while Tarumbwa, Moses De­mera and Ozias Zibanda can pun­ish sloppy de­fend­ing.

Vic­tory for Chicken Inn will ease pres­sure on coach Rah­man Gumbo.

Across town at Lu­veve, How Mine will be hop­ing to make it three wins in a row to stretch their un­beaten run to seven games.

They go into to­mor­row’s en­counter com­ing from morale boast­ing wins over Harare City at home and away to Ngezi Plat­inum Stars.

How Mine and Cha­pungu drew 2-2 in the first leg, but judg­ing by present form, the for­mer are favourites to win this en­counter.

Cha­pungu drew 0-0 against Chicken Inn and lost 0-1 to ZPC Kariba in their last two games.

The ZPC Kariba and High­landers en­counter at Nyamhunga Sta­dium com­pletes Satur­day’s PSL matches. – @ZililoR

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