PSL Round-up

ZPC Kariba face-off with troubled giants Highlanders this weekend, in a match where both pride and control of the top spot will be at stake.

Kelvin “KK” Kaindu.
Kelvin “KK” Kaindu.

Bosso are coming from a morale-sapping 0-1 defeat by resurgent Harare City and losing a straight second league match may see a major shake-up at the club, whose fans, former players and administrators have already expressed impatience with Zambian gaffer Kelvin “KK” Kaindu.

Amahlolanyama last won the league championship in 2006 – a year they also last beat 21-times the overall champions, Dynamos.

Their last other triumph over Dynamos was in the less-celebrated 2011 Independence Trophy, where they stuttered to the penalty lottery and stole victory, following a regulation time draw.

However, what is at stake for the black and white boys this season is to wrestle the championship from DeMbare, who have had it for the past three seasons. A number of coaches have come and gone at Highlanders, but failed to break the jinx with at one time a solution having been vainly sought from club legend, Madinda Ndlovu.

A sojourn of thousands of miles to Egypt to bring on Mohamed Fathi failed too, while youthful Mkhupali Masuku also had a shot at it but missed the target. Their match against ZPC Kariba, who have only lost twice and are second on the log, two points below DeMbare, should determine the direction Bosso will take this season.

Charles Sibanda, Joel “Josta” Ngodzo, Innocent Mapuranga, Felix Chindungwe, Gabriel Nyoni and young Pasca Manganga will have to switch-off the energy side with a clear cut victory, but the outfit’s coach, Saul Chaminuka, was buoyant ahead of the tie.

“What we now need is just to beat the teams in the top four. We are not yet saying we are in the championship race but that we have simply achieved to escape relegation. So all the teams we will meet should know we will not be push-overs,” he said.

Meanwhile DeMbare will entertain a hapless Shabanie Mine while Caps United – whose coach Taurai Mangwiro suffered missiles and insults from fans after the green machine’s 0-0 draw with Buffaloes on Sunday, travel to Kadoma for a date with Black Rhinos.

Chapungu host Chiredzi in a battle of relegation sides while City meet Triangle. Hwange hit the road to Bulawayo for a clash with Bantu Rovers.

Fans in the city of Kings should brace for another derby as Chicken Inn and How Mine battle in the final round of the PSL fixtures.

Focus will once again be on match officials, amid revelations that the body of referees has suspended four of them for deliberate bias in various matches since the beginning of the season.

Referee Ruzive Ruzive, who offered a dubious penalty to Dynamos in their match against FC Platinum, is believed to be one of the culprits though the referee’s body had refused to release names of the officials put on ice.

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