Mo­tor­sport: Regis­tra­tion in progress

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mo­tor­bike race, said he is look­ing for­ward to this year’s edi­tion.

“As usual I’m look­ing for­ward to the Bu­l­awayo one-hour race. It has been won by South Africans for the last two years, but hope­fully one of us (Zim­bab­wean riders) can keep the tro­phy on home soil this year. You can bet that this one-hour race is go­ing to be a good one,” said Whyte.

Some of the top names that have reg­is­tered in­clude Bu­l­awayo’s duo of Philip Min­naar Jnr and William Ja­son Sin­clair. Both driv­ers will be shar­ing a BMW E30 3.0l. Harare’s trio of Richard Robin­son, Ian Howden and Stu­art Had­don will share Robin­son’s turbo charged Toy­ota Corolla 1600cc in this year’s edi­tion of the three-hour race.

En­try to the event is pegged at $5, while kids Un­der-12 will get free ad­mis­sion. — @khumza­llen

knees which shows how dif­fi­cult it is to play on the ar­ti­fi­cial turf,” Mapeza said.

Af­ter fail­ing to get to the later stages of the com­pe­ti­tion the last time out, Mapeza has in­di­cated that they are tar­get­ing a group stage par­tic­i­pa­tion and many will be tip­ping them to achieve that task fol­low­ing their suc­cess on the lo­cal scene where they suc­cess­fully re­tained their ti­tle with a com­mand­ing 13-point ad­van­tage over sec­ond-placed Ngezi Plat­inum Stars.

FC Plat­inum have re­sponded by set­ting up a per­fect am­bi­ence for the tech­ni­cal team and play­ers to solely fo­cus on the task at hand in the field of play.

Know­ing the pit­falls of the African jun­gle where an op­po­nent gets to the bat­tle proper al­ready de­feated psy­cho­log­i­cally by the con­di­tions cre­ated by the hosts, FC Plat­inum have moved in to tame the usu­ally no­to­ri­ous jun­gle.

The Zim­bab­wean Pre­mier­ship kings ar­rived in Mada­gas­car with their own cater­ing per­son­nel to pre­pare the food they are used to back home.

They also came with an in­ter­preter to bridge the com­mu­ni­ca­tion gap be­tween this English-speak­ing team and the French-speak­ing Mala­gasy side.

Mapeza told his chair­man, Evans Mu­tombeni, that the sit­u­a­tion of the turf was bad but re­mained con­fi­dent the job can be done this af­ter­noon.

“They com­plained about the turf say­ing it will not al­low them to play their usual game be­cause of the con­di­tion of the sur­face. The coach is say­ing the con­di­tion of the field of play is worse than what he had an­tic­i­pated.

“They are likely to play with ban­dages on their knees to avoid sus­tain­ing in­juries on the turf they are not used to play on.

“But above all and the most im­por­tant thing is that they are ready and rar­ing to go for their first match in the Cham­pi­ons League and as for the weather, the coach is say­ing it is fine,” said Mu­tombeni.

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