PSL Roundup…. with Brenna Matendere

Has coach Gishoni Ntini brought the Messianic touch to struggling Lowveld outfit Chiredzi FC?

Gishoni Ntini
Gishoni Ntini

This is the question hovering over the team’s fans, who finally found jubilation on Sunday, when their side beat army side Buffaloes for their first home win in 16 league encounters.

Built on the ashes of the now defunct Hippo Valley, the fans had gotten used to misery and disappointments – as good results under outspoken gaffer Moses Chunga proved elusive.

This was despite the fact that Chiredzi has some of the experienced players like David Temwanjira, skipper Rowen Nenzou and former Dynamos forward Norman Maroto.

Ntini, who sat on the bench for the first time, recorded a flying start that he will now have to maintain when the club face-off with another relegation-threatened side, Harare City tomorrow.

Chiredzi anchor the log on 11 points and are part of the relegation quartet among Triangle, Bantu Rovers and City. Ntini therefore, needs nothing short of victory to ensure the beginning of a journey up the ladder to safety.

However coming from a 0-2 mauling by Hwange, City may just also want to put up a brave face and pile misery on Chiredzi as they are also desperate to collect maximum points for the same reasons.

ZPC Kariba, still the only team yet to taste defeat this season, will be out to prove their pedigree when they clash with Nation Dube’s Chipangano at Gwanzura stadium on Saturday.

Log leaders Highlanders, who dropped two points in a nil-all draw with Bantu Rovers, will have a litmus test when they host How Mine, who knocked them out of the Netone One wallet tournament a fortnight ago.

Champions Dynamos have a seemingly easy task of cruising past Black Rhinos. Smarting from a 2-1 loss to bitter rivals DeMbare in the Harare derby, Caps United will seek redemption when they travel to Bulawayo for a date with a Chicken Inn side that is full of confidence after progressing to the quarter finals of the Netone tourney. The Buffaloes and Shabanie Mine fixture wraps-up Match Day 17 action.

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