Same time kick­off for PSL cham­pi­onship matches

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

THE Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship ti­tle chas­ing sides Caps United, High­landers and FC Plat­inum will play their re­main­ing matches si­mul­ta­ne­ously in a move aimed at curb­ing match-fix­ing.

PSL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Kennedy Nde­bele de­clined to comment on the fix­tures, but the Match Day 28 pro­gramme sent to clubs and their part­ners showed that Caps United, High­landers and FC Plat­inum will all play their games on Satur­day at the same time.

The move by the league to have the matches played si­mul­ta­ne­ously is likely to re­ceive plau­dits for pro­mot­ing Fair Play and pre­vent­ing pos­si­ble ma­nip­u­la­tion of re­sults.

Over the years, the PSL has made it a point that teams in­volved in the rel­e­ga­tion and ti­tle races play their last three matches at the same time.

Lead­ers Caps United, who sit on 54 points, one ahead of Hi ghl an d e rs , are away to Harare City in one of their tricky re­main­ing fix­tures.

Harare City are in sev­enth po­si­tion, tied on 38 points with six­th­placed de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Chicken Inn, who are also hop­ing to sneak into the top four.

Af­ter the Harare City en­counter, Caps United will play host to Chibuku Su­per Cup fi­nal­ists Ngezi Plat­inum Stars at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium be­fore wrap­ping up their cam­paign with a game against Cha­pungu in Gweru.

High­landers, who tra­di­tion­ally play their home games on Sun­days, will host Tsholot­sho FC on Satur­day

at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium. Tsholot­sho are in­volved in a sur­vival fight and it re­mains to be seen i f they can ful­fil the adage that says the “last kicks of a dy­ing horse are dan­ger­ous”.

For High­landers, win­ning this en­counter will keep their ti­tle hopes alive. High­landers will then play against FC Plat­inum at Man­dava Sta­dium in a match that could po­ten­tially be a ti­tle de­cider.

Bosso end their sea­son with a home tie against Hwange.

Third-placed FC Plat­inum, who are on 52 points, face Cha­pungu on Satur­day with­out the in­jured duo of mid­field­ers Win­ston Mhango and Charles Sibanda, who are nurs­ing wounds sus­tained from a car ac­ci­dent.

Mhango has been a vi­tal cog for the plat­inum min­ers who have strug­gled with their game when­ever the de­fen­sive mid­fielder is away, and will cer­tainly be missed in the final games of the sea­son.

As for Sibanda, his graft­ing as a linkman has seen him play more games even though goals have not come the for­mer War­riors for­ward’s way. With­out their two se­nior play­ers, FC Plat­inum will bank on other play­ers to seize the op­por­tu­nity and de­liver against Cha­pungu in the Mid­lands derby.

FC Plat­inum end the sea­son with an away tie against Tsholot­sho. — @ZililoR

Nor­man Mapeza Lloyd Chitem­bwe

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