PSL roundup

The Premier Soccer League’s new boys will once again get a “baptism of fire” in their first games of the 2014 season. Fixtures released by the PSL at the weekend pooled all of ZPC Kariba, Chapungu, Bantu Rovers and Chiredzi FC in tricky opening ties.

ZPC Kariba will in their first match travel to the capital for a date with faded Cup Kings Caps United at the National Sports Stadium. The green machine still boasts some of the league’s finest players, who include the Warriors’ trio of goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, industrious midfielder Hardlife Zvirekwi and exciting forward Ronald “Maroroo” Pfumbidzai.

In the Lowveld another PSL newcomer, Chiredzi FC, will play host to FC Platinum. The miners are already one of the teams to look out for in the championship race this season, as they have signed former Highlanders top striker Njabulo “Tshiki” Ncube and Dynamos’ centre back Gift Bello.

Although they finished fourth last season, the Zvishavane-based side have made remarkable changes to their squad by promoting six junior players, a development that places the underdog tag on the forehead of Chiredzi FC, ahead of their PSL opening match.

On the other hand, Chapungu FC will meet fired-up Highlanders at Ascot Stadium in. Waruwaru have done well in friendly matches ahead of the game, recording a 5-1 mauling of How Mine, but trying to stop the 2013 Mbada Diamonds Cup champions will definitely be an uphill task.

At Luveve Stadium, Bantu Rovers may feel comfortable to be hosting Black Rhinos, but records will show that teams like the army side, who escaped relegation chop by a whisker, always become dangerous in their first matches.

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