ZPC downplay title chances

HARARE - ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka continued with his mind games ahead of tomorrow's tie with Highlanders at Hartsfieds, saying his team is not after the Castle Premiership title.

The Castle Premiership new boys might not be a team people were taking seriously when the season started but Chaminuka's men have refused to fade away and only trail log leaders Dynamos by two points.

Chaminuka admits his team has surpassed his expectations for this season, having hauled 41 points and sitting second on the log standings, but does not want to look beyond tomorrow's match.

"We are not thinking about the title. We have a lot of games left to play and it's difficult to win every match," Chaminuka told the Daily News yesterday.

"We have to be focused and take each game as it comes. It's good to think about winning, but one game at a time."

Chaminuka said his team wants a strong finish as they seek to end the season in the top eight.

"We are ready for the match. This is the most important match to us. Our target was to survive relegation at first and we are now aiming for a top eight finish," he said.

"A top eight finish can be achieved by finishing number one.

"We are facing strong opponents starting with the match against Highlanders.

"They are obviously under pressure as they are fighting for the championship.

"But we are not under pressure to win the title. We will play our normal game.

"We are taking this match the way we have been playing in our other matches. What we want is to compete, if we can finish on top spot that will be a bonus for us."

Chaminuka added: "We are not afraid of Highlanders. We respect them as our opponents but we are not afraid of them.

"We have played them before and we are looking forward to a good game. The league is open to everyone.

"There are 21 points to play for and it's still a long way to go. As ZPC Kariba we are focused on picking maximum points and see what happens at the end of the season.

ZPC Kariba's season is now more likely to depend on how they fare against the big teams in the league in their last seven matches.

After Highlanders' match tomorrow, ZPC Kariba will face Dynamos, CAPS United, Harare City and FC Platinum.

That will not be easy for Chaminuka's men.

Highlanders on the other hand have been struggling for results in the previous matches. The Bulawayo giants are four points behind log leaders and bitter rivals Dynamos in the title race.

Kelvin Kaindu, who was reportedly given a three-game ultimatum this week, will be hoping to keep the title hopes alive with a win against ZPC Kariba. 

Today: 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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