Title race gets hotter

HARARE - With only seven matches left before the Castle Premiership season comes to an end, reigning champions Dynamos face relegation-threatened Shabanie Mine on Sunday hoping to consolidate their position at the summit.

While DeMbare have maintained their two-point lead at the top, Calisto Pasuwa’s men have been unable to stretch their advantage over second-placed ZPC Kariba, who have clung stubbornly to their coat-tails in recent weeks.

A growing body of opinion is backing the notion that the Glamour Boys are now favourites to retain their title thanks to a run-in that appears to be significantly less challenging than that of rivals Highlanders and CAPS United.

From the remaining seven matches, Dynamos have the easiest of tasks and by contrast their rivals have some difficult matches ahead of them.

But before they start thinking of the championship destiny, De-Mbare’s immediate focus will be their clash against troubled Shabanie Mine at Rufaro on Sunday.

“We have the belief in every single game that we are going to win. We always have the belief that we are going to win,” Chihoro told the Daily News yesterday.

Title race gets hotter

“We are going into this match with a clear idea to play our game, to play our style, and also to try to maintain, if we can maintain, the high standards that we have shown in our previous matches.

“We are going with the mentality to play a very good game against a very tough side.”

The Glamour Boys played a goalless draw against FC Platinum in their last outing and Chihoro has called for a swift response from his side to win the remaining matches.

“We still have a long way to go. There is a lot of competition especially at this stage of this season. Other teams are fighting relegation and they will not make it easy for us.

“We normally have a problem when playing these small teams. But we need to improve or risk losing the title.

“We need to win all our remaining matches without worrying of other results.

The Glamour Boys currently sit on top of the table with 43 points from 23 matches. ZPC Kariba, who are sitting second on the table, will attempt to keep pressure on DeMbare when they travel to Bulawayo to face Highlanders.


Tomorrow: How Mine v Chicken Inn (Hartsfield), FC Platinum v Buffaloes (Mandava), Chapungu v Chiredzi (Ascot), Black Rhinos v CAPS United (Rimuka, SS).

Sunday: Dynamos v Shabanie Mine (Rufaro, SS), Triangle United v Harare City (Gibbo), Highlanders v ZPC Kariba (Hartsfield).

Monday: Bantu Rovers v Hwange (Hartsfield).

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