Tsholot­sho plot FC Plat­inum’s down­fall

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Sikhum­buzo Moyo

REL­E­GA­TION threat­ened Tsholot­sho FC will not go down with­out a fight, mean­ing that Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League ti­tle hope­fuls FC Plat­inum should brace for a tough en­counter against the lowly placed side. For­get about the rel­e­ga­tion im­passe be­tween Zifa and the PSL, third from the bot­tom Tsholot­sho are plot­ting FC Plat­inum’s down­fall. The plat­inum min­ers are se­cond on the ta­ble with 58 points, two be­hind Caps United who face Cha­pungu at As­cot Sta­dium need­ing noth­ing other than vic­tory to land the tro­phy they last laid their hands on in 2005. wi n for Tsholot­sho tied on 26 points se­cond from the Mutare City who Ngezi Plat­inum Stars Sta­dium — will ef­fec­tively United the ti­tle and save that is if the PSL suc­ceeds in teams in­stead of four that Zifa

A — with b o t t om take on at Baobab hand Caps them the chop, rel­e­gat­ing two wants them to axe.

Lizwe Sweswe, Tsholot­sho’s gaffer de­scribed the game against FC Plat­inum as “the league’s big­gest game of the week­end” which they are in­tent on win­ning.

“Our game against FC Plat­inum is a game to watch be­cause they’re fight­ing for the ti­tle and we want to sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion. I think we showed a cou­ple of weeks back that we have a squad of play­ers who can hold their own when we beat High­landers. Of course that vic­tory is wa­ter un­der the bridge but this be­ing the league’s big­gest game of the week­end, as a coach there is noth­ing much that I can do as the match on its own mo­ti­vates the lads.

“The guys have been work­ing hard at train­ing and they un­der­stand the im­por­tance of win­ning this tie. In or­der to sur­vive we just have to win this en­counter and FC Plat­inum can un­der­rate us at their own peril,” said Sweswe.

Tsholot­sho go into the week­end game smart­ing from a 1-2 loss to Bulawayo City and have to be at their best to get a vic­tory against a side that is bub­bling with con­fi­dence

To this date, Grobbe­laar re­mains the most dec­o­rated goal­keeper in English Foot­ball. Best known for his un­flap­pable con­fi­dence and un­con­ven­tional style of play, it is the unique flair that Grobbe­laar brought to the game that many credit for Liver­pool’s Euro­pean Cup vic­tory over Roma on penalty kicks.

In all, Grobbe­laar made 816 pro­fes­sional ap­pear­ances that also in­clude 24 ap­pear­ances in the NASL with the Van­cou­ver White­caps dur­ing the 1979-80 sea­son.

Born in Dur­ban, South Africa, Grobbe­laar was raised in Zim­babwe (then Rhode­sia) and would go on to be capped 36 times from 1980-1998 for the War­riors. He was twice briefly player-man­ager of the War­riors. — @skhu­moyo2000 THE 2016 Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League sea­son has ended for seven play­ers who were sus­pended last week­end af­ter be­ing shown their third yel­low cards ahead of the fi­nale this week­end.

The two league ti­tle chas­ing teams Caps United and FC Plat­inum will, how­ever, have a full com­ple­ment as they troop into Gweru’s As­cot Sta­dium and Bulawayo’s Lu­veve Sta­dium re­spec­tively.

Lead­ers Caps United will take on Cha­pungu while FC Plat­inum are away to Tsholot­sho FC.

“Please note that the player(s) listed here­un­der have each ac­cu­mu­lated three (3) yel­low cards and will be sus­pended for one match re­spec­tively.

The said player(s) shall not par­tic­i­pate in their club’s matchday 30 of the Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League matches sched­uled for the 25th to 26th Novem­ber 2016,” wrote Kudzai Bare, the PSL me­dia and li­ai­son

fol­low­ing a 3-0 home win over High­landers.

Tsholot­sho’s hopes against the plat­inum min­ers will be pinned on the likes of de­fender-turned-striker MacClive Phiri, de­fen­sive mid­fielder Zimise­leni Moyo, Ayanda Ncube, for­ward Mostafa Pony­era and goal­keeper Mariy­oni Chang, among oth­ers.

Tsholot­sho will be with­out sus­pended Nkosi­lathi Ncube who has three yel­low cards.

The Zh­wane boys have to be on the look­out for con­tender for Soc­cer Star of the Year fi­nal­ist Win­ston Mhango, striker Charles Sibanda, over­lap­ping wing­back Ian Nekati and Elvis Moyo, at­tack­ing mid­fielder Wal­ter Mu­sona and speedy winger Mar­shal Mude­hwe.

Mean­while, a derby be­tween Bulawayo City and How Mine is one of the two games that have been lined up for to­mor­row, with the other be­ing the Harare City-Tri­an­gle United en­counter at Ru­faro Sta­dium. left­back of­fi­cer in a com­mu­niqué yes­ter­day.

The seven play­ers set to sit it out are Wis­dom Mu­tasa (Dy­namos), Nkosi­lathi Moyo (Tsholot­sho) Dex­ter Mawere (Harare City), Devine Lunga (Chicken Inn), Them­bani Ma­suku (How Mine), Tendai Hove (ZPC Kariba) and Tendai Ngu­lube (High­landers).

Mu­tasa and Lunga will miss their sides’ clash, which has been dubbed “fight for top-four fin­ish” set for Ru­faro Sta­dium on Satur­day.

De­posed cham­pi­ons Chicken Inn, who have been on a steady rise since the early weeks of Rah­man Gumbo’s take over, have al­ways given The Glam­our Boys a good run for their money ei­ther in Bulawayo or Harare.

Chicken Inn ham­mered Dy­namos 3-0 in the sea­son opener at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium and will be ea­ger to com­plete a dou­ble over them.

The ab­sence of Lunga though will have a negative im­pact on the Game­cocks’ game plan as he has been a vi­tal cog on the left side of de­fence and the leg­endary cham­pi­onship win­ning coach Gumbo needs to find a suit­able re­place­ment for him. — skhu­moyo2000

MacClive Phiri Win­ston Mhango

Bruce “Jun­gle­man” Grobbe­laar

Bu­rundi ref­eree Suavis Iratunga

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