Chicken Inn seek re­demp­tion Sha­banie fancy chances against Chicken Inn

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Act­ing Sports Editor Paul Mun­dandi Zvisha­vane Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP chas­ing Chicken Inn will be seek­ing to bounce back to win­ning ways at the ex­pense of rel­e­ga­tion threat­ened Sha­banie Mine when the two sides lock horns in a league match at Ma­glas Sta­dium to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

The en­counter will be the first of an ac­tion packed week­end that might see Bu­l­awayo side Bantu Rovers of­fi­cially rel­e­gated from the Pre­mier Soc­cer League if they lose to Harare City at Ru­faro Sta­dium on Saturday, pro­vided the Game­Cocks con­tinue with their sud­den loss of form and lose to Sha­banie Mine to­mor­row.

Bantu Rovers can only end the sea­son on 34 points even if they win all their re­main­ing seven games but a loss will see them math­e­mat­i­cally end­ing on 31 points and not enough to ex­tri­cate them­selves from the gal­lows of rel­e­ga­tion. It is there­fore in the in­ter­est of Tsh­intsha Gu­luva that Sha­banie Mine lose their game to­mor­row.

The Game­Cocks go into to­mor­row’s en­counter on the back­drop of a 4-0 ham­mer­ing by their neigh­bours High­landers in the league while they were also booted out of the Chibuku Su­per Cup via a board­room de­ci­sion after al­legedly walk­ing out of their en­counter against Yadah FC at As­cot Sta­dium, the same side that put a halt to their nine game un­beaten run in the league.

There is no doubt that the Ma­glas en­counter, set to be beamed live on Su­perS­port, will pro­duce all the fire­works SHA­BANIE Mine foot­ball club tech­ni­cal man­ager Taku Shariwa has stoked flames ahead of their clash against Chicken Inn by boldly declar­ing that the Bu­l­awayo side is com­ing to Zvisha­vane to do­nate points.

Chicken Inn are among the three teams favoured to win the cham­pi­onship this sea­son but Shariwa feels that his club just like Caps United, are party spoil­ers.

“Chicken Inn are going to award us three points on Fri­day af­ter­noon and we are al­ready ea­gerly wait­ing for the do­na­tion. We are not going to be do­ing FC Plat­inum any favours as some peo­ple al­ways say but we will be play­ing foot­ball so that we move a lit­tle bit up. Ev­ery­one knows that we are in the rel­e­ga­tion zone so how can we just al­low them to col­lect maximum points?

“We re­spect Rah­man Gumbo

rem­i­nis­cent of sides fight­ing for dif­fer­ent rea­sons, Sha­banie Mine — sur­vival while Chicken Inn have their eyes firmly set on the cham­pi­onship. They go into Zvisha­vane pegged on po­si­tion four with 51 points, five be­hind lead­ers Dy­namos but might re­turn to the City of Kings just two points be­hind The Glam­our Boys who have a tricky en­counter away to ZPC Kariba on Saturday. ZPC Kariba coach Sun­day Chidzambwa has al­ready said he will not do any favours to his boy­hood side. “I am a Dy­namos son but at the mo­ment I am con­tracted to ZPC Kariba so once we are on the pitch, it is a dif­fer­ent game (Chicken Inn coach) as he has done ex­tremely well in Zim­babwe and abroad and has won the cham­pi­onship sev­eral times. He is a revered coach. We re­spect a num­ber of play­ers in their team but they are going to face a fired up Sha­banie Mine on Fri­day and de­spite us be­ing a team with av­er­age play­ers we are going to try and do our best,” said Shariwa.

The Zvisha­vane side has a strong be­lief in their young­sters who are slowly be­com­ing a for­mi­da­ble side un­der the cap­tain­ship of for­mer Dy­namos for­ward Farai Mu­pasiri. Since los­ing to Tsholot­sho in Beit­bridge, the team has gone for eight games with­out a de­feat even post­ing shock­ing re­sults against ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga which showed their pedi­gree.

They have drawn against Dy­namos, won against Ngezi Plat­inum at home and they are hop­ing that the Game­cocks will be their next vic­tim.

Welling­ton Tader­era who was plucked from Di­vi­sion One with six goals to his credit has been a rev­e­la­tion and with Nyasha Mpofu and Wil­son Mu­pasiri in the lineup, Chicken Inn are likely to find the going tough.

al­to­gether, my al­le­giance will be to my team. I know Dy­namos have been do­ing well hence they are on top of the log. We haven’t been do­ing well but we want to do well in this game. I am look­ing at a game of foot­ball for 90 min­utes.

“Those who score more goals will come out vic­tors, but it is not going to be an easy match for us,’’ Chidzambwa told our Harare Bureau.

Sec­ond placed Ngezi Plat­inum come to Bu­l­awayo for an en­counter with a not so safe Bu­l­awayo City at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium in an­other match that will be beamed live on Su­perS­port on Saturday while Lu­veve Sta­dium will be a venue for min­ing sides when How Mine play host to Hwange. A seem­ingly res­ur­rected Tsholot­sho square up against Cha­pungu at Dulivhadz­imo while Yadah FC and Black Rhi­nos com­plete the Saturday ac­tion. MAKOKOBA Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Tshinga Dube in con­juc­tion with a South Korea-based or­gan­i­sa­tion will to­mor­row launch the T J Dube Foun­da­tion foot­ball tour­na­ment that will see tal­ented young­sters from the area get­ting schol­ar­ships to the Asian na­tion.

In a brief state­ment last night, Dube said the launch will be held at St Colum­bus High School with the foot­ball tour­na­ment to be played early next month at White City Sta­dium.

“We have part­nered with an or­gan­i­sa­tion called Kiona Char­ity, from Seoul that has pro­vided us with soc­cer balls and play­ing kits. The aim re­ally is to as­sist un­der­priv­i­leged but tal­ented play­ers who are Un­der-18 years as we are going to choose two who will go to South Korea to fur­ther their foot­ball skills on full spon­sor­ship,” said Dube.

To­mor­row’s launch will be at­tended by the char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion’s direc­tor, Weng Chen who was ex­pected to touch down at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port last night.

“There shall be eight teams com­pet­ing in the tour­na­ment, six from Bu­l­awayo, one from Harare and an­other one made up of in­ter­na­tional guests. I just want to give a life time op­por­tu­nity to young­sters from Makokoba con­stituency as we will also give schol­ar­ships to aca­dem­i­cally tal­ented but less for­tu­nate young­sters,” said Dube.

Rah­man Gumbo

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