Will Platinum halt DeMbare?

HARARE - With eight games remaining in the Castle Premiership, Dynamos face a game of huge significance in their quest for a record equalling fourth title when they face a lifted FC Platinum this afternoon.

The showdown between the Premier League’s heavyweights will have a huge bearing on the destiny of the title with Dynamos, three points above Highlanders and ZPC Kariba, a further point adrift.

For Platinum, a win will help secure their ambition to close in on a top four position, cementing their growing confidence under the stewardship of Norman Mapeza.

Above all, today presents a chance for the platinum miners to turn party spoilers and bury the ghost of their debut PSL season in 2011 that saw Dynamos evade Zvishavane and snatch the title from them at the dearth.

The Harare giants come into today’s match knowing at least a point will keep them afloat at the top regardless of results elsewhere.

For Calisto Pasuwa, it would be a big step in adding another feather to his cap by adding his name to an exclusive list of coaches that have won the Premiership four times in succession.

The last class of Dynamos players to record four league title wins on-the-trot was way back in 1980, 81, 82 and 83, and it seems the 2014 class could put their names besides that generation of DeMbare stars.

In Harare, Highlanders will be aiming to pick up maximum points to maintain a grip in the championship race when they face a rejuvenated Harare City.

Bosso’s arrival in Harare carries horrific memories in which a Silas Songani-inspired Harare City denied them the title last season with a 4-0 mauling at Rufaro Stadium.

However, Kevin Kaindu and his players have a chance to atone for their recent shortcomings by grinding out a result that will keep their hope of breaking the eight-year league crown drought alive.

Premiership newcomers ZPC Kariba have surprised all and sundry this season, only losing twice in 22 outings and Saul Chaminuka’s side is still in with a shout with just four points shy of leaders Dynamos.

They face a re-energised Black Rhinos at Gwanzura Stadium tomorrow in a match that is too close to call given both sides’ recent performances.

And that Rhinos coach Jostein Mathuthu once led ZPC before being relieved of his duties at the start of the season will add an extra dimension when the two sides clash.

It remains to be seen if Chaminuka can inspire debutants ZPC Kariba to enter the history books as the second side to win the top-flight league at the first attempt. 

CAPS United have a had a woeful run in cup competitions but still remain with  a good chance to win the league. 

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Today: Chicken Inn vs Bantu Rovers (Hartsfield Stadium), FC Platinum vs Dynamos (Mandava), Harare City vs Highlanders (Rufaro), Chiredzi vs Shabanie Mine (Chishamiso).

Tomorrow: CAPS United vs How Mine (Rufaro), Buffaloes vs Triangle United (Sakubva), Hwange vs Chapungu (Colliery), ZPC Kariba vs Black Rhinos (TBA).

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