Familiar look to PSL table

HARARE - When the 2013 Castle Premiership season started, it was billed as a three-horse race for the title between Dynamos, Highlanders and FC Platinum.

Initially, Highlanders and Platinum appeared to have put clear daylight between them and other potential contenders, but the storyline continues to change week-in-week-out.

Platinum have lost their way lately, losing their last two games, while Dynamos, after an indifferent start in defence of their back-to-back titles, are right back in the race.

So Dynamos and Highlanders, the usual suspects, are back in familiar positions, just like they were last season.

Calm and calculated best describes Dynamos midfielder Tawanda Muparati, whose show ensured defending champions stay within four points of leaders Highlanders on the Castle Premiership table.

The DeMbare vice-captain commanded the central park with ingenuity and capped his fine afternoon with a stunning goal in their 2-0 win over Motor Action at Rufaro on Saturday.

Muparati possesses the ability to shoot from any distance but he has since become accustomed to long range efforts. The former Douglas Warriors midfielder has developed a knack of scoring important goals for the Glamour Boys over the past years.

It was a result born out of team effort with Boban Zirintusa showing good vision with his sublime passes. It was from the Ugandan that Muparati got the pass before sending in a scorcher with his left foot.

 With the log table continuing to take shape, DeMbare are now on 22 points, four behind leaders Highlanders, who stayed on top with a 2-1 home win against Black Mambas on Sunday.

 The champions are however, one point above Harare City.  Should the Sunshine Boys be awarded points from their match against Shabanie Mine that was abandoned with five minutes remaining due to crowd trouble while leading 3-1, the Glamour Boys will fall to third place.

 CAPS United remain unchanged in seventh place and assistant coach Brenna Msiska was left satisfied with his team’s performance.

 Despite missing the services of influential midfielder Hardlife Zvirekwi and striker Tawanda Nyamandwe, who were away in Malawi on national duty, Makepekepe was still too strong for the platinum miners, winning 2-1 at the National Sports Stadium.

 The win saw the Green Machine maintain their dominance over Platinum. United have not lost a game to the Midlands outfit since their promotion into the top flight-league in 2011.

 “We are happy to collect maximum points after playing a good side,” Msiska said.

 “It shows we are going somewhere. We have a youthful team and they seem to be going in the right direction. We hope to maintain the positive mentality in our next matches without putting ourselves under pressure.

 “I think we have made it clear that our main thrust this season is to build a competitive side. And so far we are happy with what we have achieved.”

 Platinum, early favourites for the title, it was their second defeat on the trot following last week’s 0-1 loss to Hwange.

 Highlanders continued with their fine form and they dismissed Black Mambas at Barbourfields to ensure they consolidate their top spot.

 The win took Bosso’s tally to 26 points with eight wins, two draws and two defeats having scored 24 goals. Kelvin Kaindu’s men are now leading second-placed Dynamos by four points.

 Gishon Ntini is now facing an uncertain future at newboys Triangle after they were handed their seventh defeat by Black Rhinos at Gwanzura. Triangle swapped places with the army side as they dropped one place to 15th following the 2-1 defeat.

 While Triangle are now serious relegation candidates, Shabanie Mine’s mini-revival continues and they beat Buffaloes 3-1 at Sakubva Stadium to move to fifth place from bottom with 14 points. - Godknows Matarutse and Austin Karonga

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