Chaminuka declares war

HARARE - ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka has declared war on FC Platinum ahead of the two team’s clash this afternoon at Mandava Stadium.

The Castle Premiership novices from Kariba, who have made a mark in their debut season in the top flight, are aware of the importance of this match as they try to wrestle the title from DeMbare.

The Kariba-based side currently trail log leaders Dynamos by two points and could assume top, spot at least for 24 hours, if they collect maximum points this afternoon against Norman Mapeza’s men.

Chaminuka told the Daily News that his players were ready to take on the platinum miners in their own backyard.

“We are more than prepared for this match. We are fancying our chances. We want to win this game,” Chaminuka said.

“We can’t afford to lose this match. This is one game that will firmly put us in the top four as we aim to play in the Mbada Diamonds Cup at the end of the season.

“They are playing well of course and they have been consistent but we are not reading much into that. This is a different challenge and we are more than prepared for the game.”

And despite his team firmly in the reckoning for the title, Chaminuka still continues refusing to admit they can topple defending champions DeMbare.

“We are not thinking of the championship and besides it’s still too early for that. We don’t want to put ourselves under unnecessary pressure. We are taking each game at a time,” said the well-travelled coach.

“We are happy we have survived relegation and our aim now is to compete in the Mbada Diamonds Cup. There is still a long way to go before we can talk of the championship.

“We have a lot of games left to play and it's difficult to win every match, what is important is to stay focused on our remaining fixtures.”

ZPC Kariba’s season is more likely to depend on how they fare against the big teams in the league in these remaining five matches.

After today’s match against FC Platinum, ZPC Kariba will face Buffaloes in a mid-week match before lining up against Harare City, Dynamos, CAPS United which will definitely be not an easy task for Chaminuka's men.

It will also be interesting on how ZPC cope without their star player Pride Tafirenyika, who has ruled out of today’s match through suspension.

Tafirenyika scored the all-important goal in their last league win against Triangle at Gwanzura Stadium.

On the other hand, FC Platinum have been in top form lately and last week they beat Black Rhinos 1-0 to power into the Chibuku Super Cup final where they will now meet Harare City on a date to be announced.

The platinum miners are also bidding for a top four finish and a place in the Mbada Diamonds Cup. Platyinum have been on the revival ever since Mapeza joined them after the sacking of Lloyd Mutasa. 

Today: Bantu Rovers v Shabanie Mine (Hartsfield Rugby Grounds), Black Rhinos v Hwange (Rimuka, SS), FC Platinum v ZPC Kariba (Mandava)

Tomorrow: Buffaloes v Harare City (Sakubva), Triangle v Caps United (Gibbo), Dynamos v Chapungu (Rufaro, SS), Highlanders v Chicken Inn (Hartsfield Rugby Grounds)

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