Zuze braces for Lowveld derby

CHIREDZI - Triangle coach Biggie Zuze is bracing for the first edition of the Castle Premiership Lowveld derby against rivals Chiredzi FC this weekend.

The two teams had mixed fortunes in the opening weekend of the season with Triangle suffering a 3-1 humiliation at the hands of Shabanie Mine away at Maglas Stadium.

New boys Chiredzi were unfortunate not to win after they conceded a late equaliser earn a 1-1 draw with FC Platinum at Chishamiso Stadium.

The two teams form one of the fieriest rivals in local football which all along was confined to the lower leagues where it received little attention outside the Lowveld because of lack of media publicity.

The first edition of the derby has already heightened tension in the town after Tongaat Hullet which sponsors Triangle pulled out on its sponsorship on Hippo Valley FC.

This forced the Chiredzi community to take over the team and christened it Chiredzi FC together with coach Moses Chunga.

Zuze said his team is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to have a positive result in the derby.

“We want to get a positive result after losing our first match against Shabanie. In fact the defeat was a wake-up call which we have since put behind,” said Zuze, who took over at Triangle from Gishon Ntini.

“We want to put our best performance because this is a derby and its result will also have a lot of bearing on how we are going to play in the following matches and also how our fans will respond to the team’s performance.

“I also appeal for both teams to give their best shot for the sake of the supporters so that they get value for their allegiance and money.

“The two teams should also show the highest level of professionalism and displine so that we really market the derby to the country.”

Triangle released a number of senior players during the off season which includes captain Limited Chikafa, Norman Togara and Pardon Chinungwa to ZPC Kariba.

Impressive midfielder Walter Mukanga moved to Dynamos after an impressive first season with the Lowveld side last year.

The team still has a number of quality players who include Warriors midfielder Pasca Manhanga, Courage Denias, Charles Makoto, Lameck Nhamo and Sengu brothers Ronald and David.

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