Flame Lily face stern test

HARARE - Zifa Northern Region Division One second-placed side Flame Lily engage wounded ZRP Morris in a potentially explosive derby at Chikurubi on Wednesday.

Flame Lily is tied on 29 points with log leaders ZPC Kariba but they have an inferior goal difference to Jostein Mathuthu’s men.

Last weekend, the Zimbabwe Prison Services outfit failed to capitalise on ZPC’s slip-up as they were held to a one-all draw by army side Commando Bullets.

“We are prepared to face ZRP Morris, we have gone for eleven games undefeated and as a coach I’m happy with the performance of my boys,” Flame Lily coach Ralph Kawondera told the Daily News on Tuesdday.

“However, I told my boys not to underrate ZRP Morris they are also playing well and we are using same approach just as in the previous games.

“We are not under any pressure, the league is a marathon so we just need to keep playing well and win our matches because it’s points that matter at the end of the day.”

Kawondera, however, said it was still early to talk about promotion into the top flight.

“For the championship title there is still a long way to go. All the top eight teams are in the reckoning for promotion into the premier league,” he added.

ZRP Morris will be hoping to get back to winning ways after last weekend’s painful defeat at the hands of Twalumba FC.

The police outfit have blown hot and cold this season but they still find themselves in a respectable position trailing log leaders ZPC by four points.

ZPC Kariba will be aiming to consolidate their position at the top of the table when they take on league newcomers Starbill today at Chaminuka.

Wednesday: ZPC Kariba v Starbill (Chaminuka), Twalumba v Dstv Rangers (Dzivarasekwa), Flame Lily v ZRP Morris (Chikurubi), Power Master v Commando (Ngoni Stadium),Gunners v Lake Harvest (Lafarge), Blue Rangers v Forrester (Denibismark), Jumbo v JMC Academy, Banket v DC Academy (Banket)

Thursday: Chegutu Pirates v Mushowani

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