Castle Lager Premiership football fans are in for a Easter football treat, as the PSL has lined up a number of matches over the holidays, covering four days. Except for Saturday, week three and four action of the premiership will headline the Easter holidays, starting from the eve tomorrow right up to Easter Monday.
Attention will definitely be on three fixtures that are likely to produce some throbbing action on today. The National Sports Stadium will host the biggest fixture of round three action as Caps United host log leaders FC Platinum. The Platinum miner’s title credentials will be tasted by a Makepekepe side that is yet to hit the first gear. Lloyd Chitembwe`s side are winless in two outings and will seek to pacify their restless fans with a win over the high flying Midlands side.
Makepekepe defender Justin Jangano will miss the encounter, after he was red carded on Sunday against Bulawayo Chiefs and Stephen Makatuka will have to be at his level best, to shut out the marauding FC Platinum attack comprising of speed merchant Marshall Mudehwe, reigning PSL footballer of the year Rodwell Chinyengetere and ageless Mkhokheli Dube.
At Baobab Stadium another potential thriller is on the cards as Tonderayi Ndiraya takes on his former paymasters Dynamos. The fixture is a replica of the Caps/Platunum encounter, as both teams are experiencing difficulities this season. Ndiraya’s Ngezi Platinum are riding on a crest of wave with two wins on the trot and are yet to concede a goal, whilst on the flipside Lloyd Mutasa’s men are yet to taste victory like their perennial rivals Caps United.
The odds are heavily staked against Dynamos as they have never beaten Ngezi at Baobab. The Dynamos team will troop into the field with one thing in mind, “revenge” as they remember last season’s 2-0 defeat in Ngezi, that all but shattered the dream of winning the 2017 league title. Raphael Manuvire was on form against Shabanie on Sunday and will carry the day for Dynamos while Ngezi will pin their hopes on kingpin Liberty Chakoroma.
The other fixtures to look forward to, is city derby at Barbourfields as the Bulawayo City clash with Bulawayo Chiefs.There are a lot of similarities between the two sides, besides the fact that they are both from the City of Kings. Both teams are nicknamed Amakhosi, with the former called Amakhosi and the latter Amakhosi Amahle and they will renew their rivalry which dates back to 2016 in the Southern Region Division One league.
Guthrie Chakupe`s side nearly performed the houdini act on Sunday, but allowed Caps United off the hook and ended up sharing the spoils at Luveve Stadium. If they continue where they left off then Darlington Dodo’s men must expect a bruising battle. Holding midfielder Gracious Nleya,winger Moses Majika and striker Kundi Chakanyuka will be the main men for Amakhosi Amahle, whilst on the other hand Rainsome Pavari,Zibusiso Sibanda and Ishmael Wadi will be the driving force behind Amakhosi’s hopes of victory. The two teams are separated by a point and whoever wins will gain the City’s bragging rights.
Joey “Mafero’ Antipas’s Chicken Inn will seek to brush aside the disappointing draw against Nichrut on Saturday as they host a struggling Mutare City side at Luveve Stadium.Gusha Bhora as Mutare City are affectionately known have found the going tough in the premiership and a win for them will bring a welcome relief.Log anchors ZPC Kariba host fellow strugglers Herentals at Nyamhunga Stadium,whilst Black Rhinos will be gunning for a second consecutive victory as they face home side Yadah at Rufaro Stadium.
Resurgent Airforce side Chapungu play host to equally resilient Harare City in a clash likely to liven up the city of Gweru.On Friday Bulawayo giants Highlanders return to their favorite haunting ground Barbourfields Stadium as they lock horns with a winless Triangle outfit. Bosso’s rich vein of form is expected to continue and Madinda Ndlovu will face a selection poser as he chooses his starting eleven.Ozias Zibanda who scored a brace in Harare on Sunday, will compete with hardworking Newman Sianchali for a starting berth upfront. In midfield Brian Banda and Patrick Musanka will battle it out for a midfield slot while on the wings Timothy Zivave is back from injury and will challenge Gabriel Nyoni and Godfrey Makaruse.Once again young hotshot Nigel Makume and the combative Adrian Sillah are expected to give Taurai Mangwiro’s side a torrid time.
The Sugar Boys are struggling this season and have lost to Ngezi at home last Sunday.They are yet to score a goal and it will be a daunting task for them to outdo Bosso at Emagumeni. However they have the players that are potential party spoilers, the likes of Pasca Manhanga,Lameck Nhamo and highly rated youngster Derick Mulimba.It seems Mangwiro’s side are yet to gel and it remains to be season whether they will turn around their season`s fortunes at Emagumeni.
The last fixture of week three will see high flying Shabanie host surprise packages Nichrut at Mandava Stadium, in a Midlands derby. Both teams are yet to taste defeats and are tied on four points apiece on the log standings.
It’s premiership football galore, spread all around the country and fans are indeed in for a local football treat.