Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

FC PLAT­INUM de­fen­sive mid­fielder and Cas­tle Lager Soc­cer Star-of-the-Year fi­nal­ist con­tender Win­ston Mhango has been ruled out of his side’s must-win en­counter against Harare City this Satur­day due to sus­pen­sion.

Mhango, who has been a vi­tal cog for the plat­inum min­ers, will be greatly missed when the PSL ta­ble toppers visit the cap­i­tal for a date against a tricky Harare City at Ru­faro Sta­dium.

The for­mer Hwange mid­fielder is part of eight play­ers that will miss Week 26 of the PSL af­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing three yel­low cards.

Caps United’s Stephen Makatuka, Tal­ent Cham­boko of Ngezi Plat­inum, Bor­der Strik­ers’ God­frey Mukambi, Obert Moyo of Hwange, Bu­l­awayo City’s duo of In­no­cent Kut­sanzira and Mkhululi Moyo and Vic­tor Kamhuka of How Mine will all watch from the ter­races when their teams go into ac­tion this week­end.

The ab­sence of Mhango and Makatuka will be felt by FC Plat­inum and Caps United re­spec­tively, who are vy­ing for the ti­tle.

Mhango’s lead­er­ship, work rate and com­mand of the mid­field will be felt by the plat­inum min­ers, who will be hop­ing that Ger­ald Tak­wara and Nqo­bizitha Ma­suku will cover for Mhango’s ab­sence.

FC Plat­inum go into this week­end’s game bub­bling with con­fi­dence fol­low­ing a 2-0 win over for­mer cham­pi­ons Dy­namos in their pre­vi­ous league match. The plat­inum min­ers presently top the league ta­ble with 51 points.

The Zvisha­vane-based side should be wary of Harare City, a side that held them to a 0-0 draw in the first half of the sea­son.

How they deal with Harare City’s slip­pery mid­field that has the likes of Ron­ald Chi­tiyo, Tatenda Tumba, Ed­win Mad­han­hanga and Wi l l i am

Ma n o n d o in the ab­sence of Mhango will be key. Sec­ond-placed Caps United trail FC Plat­inum by a point and visit First Divi­sion-bound Bor­der Strik­ers with­out the rock-steady de­fender Makatuka, a player who has been in great form at the back for the Green Ma­chine.

Jus­tice Jangano and Den­nis Dauda are ex­pected to form the wannabe league cham­pi­ons’ cen­tral de­fen­sive part­ner­ship at Dulivhadz­imu Sta­dium on Sun­day.

Strik­ers will also miss the ser­vices of rov­ing right-back Mukambi for the en­counter.

Mid­fielder Kut­sanzira and striker Moyo will miss Bu­l­awayo City’s derby game with cham­pi­ons Chicken Inn on Sun­day.

Both sides are fight­ing to end the sea­son in re­spectable po­si­tions and the ab­sence of Moyo and Kut­sanzira

will e a big blow for Bu­l­awayo City. — @ZililoR b

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