Surprise results throw PSL race wide open

Is it going to be the year of debutantes and the underdogs? This is perhaps the most famous question that has gripped the football fraternity as PSL action enters the penultimate stage.

The question arises from surprises that unfolded over the weekend when PSL debutantes Harare City handed former champions Highlanders their biggest defeat of the season at a time when they had assumed pole position in the race.

City, who are led by coach Bigboy Mawiwi, entered the match being underdogs following Highlanders’ brilliant form in the previous matches which had seen the Bulawayo giants opening a point lead on top with a deserved victory mid-week.

However the tables turned for the Black and White Boys who experienced a 4-0 defeat in the capital at the hands of the Sun Shine boys.

For Mawiwi, the score was not a surprise and he expects to give more humiliations on his way to glory.

In the event that City passes on Caps United in their last match and clinch the PSL title, 2013 will go on the books of history as the year of debutantes and the underdogs.

This comes after Zvishavane based side Shabanie Mine also regarded as underdogs, rose to the occasion and grabbed the BancABC Cup ahead of famous clubs like Bosso, Dembare, FC Platinum and Caps United who had been tipped to bag the silverware.

The adage will also come even more true if How Mine succeed to dismiss Bosso in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final which has been slated for Barbourfields Stadium.

Though Highlanders’ fans would want to point a finger at Zambian coach Kelvin Kaindu for their side’s poor showing. But the fact remains that concentration ran out of the players during the match against City.

Bhekhitemba Ndlovu in his pre-match interview said this should be a factor in Bosso’s drawing board ahead of their last encounter.

Meanhwile, Dembare coach Calisto Pasuwa, whose side tumbled to a 2-2 draw with the GameCox Chicken Inn over the weekend, still hopes to retain the championship.

“We are fighting until the last day of the match. We are still focusing on the championship. Hope has not been lost yet,” he said.

Dembare face Black Mambas in their final encounter and will hope to register a massacre while hoping for City to either draw or lose to Makepekepe if they are to remain champions. Bosso host unpredictable Chinda Boys at home hoping for another victory against a team whose gaffer Luke Masomere has vowed his charges will not travel to Bulawayo in order to donate points to their opponents.

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