Monoz, Hardbody declare war

HARARE - You have got to be kidding if you think you are going to have a roll this afternoon!

This is a declaration by Monomatapa and Hardbody — the two teams — that could potentially decide the destiny of this season’s Castle Lager title.

Monomotapa and Hardbody, who clash with Dynamos and Highlanders respectively, have vowed to derail the two title contenders’ march to the league crown.

Monoz host defending champions and log leaders Dynamos at Rufaro while struggling Hardbody entertain second placed Highlanders at Ascot Stadium this afternoon.

Zimbabwe champions DeMbare will be hoping to maintain their two- point cushion over Bosso heading into the last two matches should their arch-rivals also come out of Midlands victorious.

Dynamos have amassed 62 points from 27 matches, two points clear of second placed Highlanders who are on 64 points from the same number of games.

The high-riding Monomotapa sit on third with 47 points, just a point ahead of Chicken Inn who are in fourth place.

Hardbody are in the murky waters of relegation with 23 points for their 15th placing on the 16- team log table.

The last time the two Harare sides met, Monomotapa won the match 1-0 on April 14 at Rufaro while Bosso beat Hardbody 5-3 on the same day at Babourfields in Bulawayo.

Biggie Zuze, Monomotapa head coach is confident of completing a double and derail Dynamos’ title charge despite losing to Gunners 1-0 at Lafarge on Wednesday.

“We have put the defeat behind us and the most important thing is the recovery we did after sitting down as a team on Thursday. The focus is now on the big game against Dynamos tomorrow (today),” Zuze told the Daily News On Sunday yesterday.

“Gunners are a bogey side, they have beaten us for the past four years and we weren’t in the match at all.

Besides, they arrived late at their home ground which could have been a strategy to frustrate us, something that the league owners should take note of so that things of that magnitude won’t be repeated again in future.”

The Monomotapa technical bench led by Zuze and his assistant Nkululeko Dhlamini are both former sons of DeMbare, prompting talk that they may have a soft spot for their former team when the match gets underway today.

“Such talk is baseless,” Zuze added.

“Yes we made names while playing for Dynamos but things have since changed.We are no longer playing but into coaching big time and the only way we can boost our CV is by beating such big teams in the premiership and in any case that will only motivate us to get the intended result.”

DeMbare should brace for the Osborn Mukuradare onslaught.

The forward has been scoring regularly for his side.

He has an able partner in tireless midfielder Ronald Chitiyo who has been weighing in with assists.

In addition to that, Zuze is happy with the return of his chief marksman Tawanda Nyamandwe from injury and is set to add more firepower into their attack if chosen to play.

Hardbody coach Godfrey Tamirepi is wary of a Bosso backlash if what happened in the reverse fixture is anything to go by.

But he has vowed not roll the carpet for the title-chasing Bulawayo giants.

He hopes that his team’s home record where they have lost only once since taking over from Tavaka Gumbo in July would inspire them to victory this afternoon.

Hardbody lost 0- 1 to Buffaloes at home on July 15 and have been playing well since then.

“It’s going to be quite an interesting but difficult game for us considering that we lost heavily on Wednesday while Highlanders won 1-0. But we have been playing well at home since I took over in July,” Tamirepi said.

“We are in a must-win situation and statistically we have to win all the remaining matches for us to survive. If we lose this match we will be dead and buried.

“In our last match we managed to score three goals past Highlanders which shows that defensively they have serious short comings. They are good when they have the ball and we will try to capitalise on that.”

PSL Fixtures: Sunday

Monomotapa v Dynamos (Rufaro Stadium)
Buffaloes v Black Mambas (Sakubva Stadium)
Hardbody v Highlanders (Ascot Stadium)
Quelaton v Chicken Inn (Luveve Stadium)
Blue Rangers v Shabanie Mine (Gwanzura Stadium)
FC Platinum v Hwange (Mandava Stadium)
Gunners v Harare City  (Lafarge Stadium)

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