ZPC seek momentum

HARARE - ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka reckons his team played impressively in their last match against Buffaloes and wants that rhythm to continue until the season ends.

Chaminuka’s men face a wounded Harare City this afternoon at Rufaro Stadium hoping to keep pressure on log leaders Dynamos.

The Zimbabwe Power Company-owned side are in the hunt for the league title in their maiden season in the Castle Premiership as they sit second on the log table with 50 points, three behind DeMbare.

The Premiership’s new boys might not be the team many were expecting to mount a serious title challenge but with only three matches left before the season comes to an end Chaminuka’s men have refused to fade away.

A win today will ensure that the Kariba-based side will go to of the log standings for at least 24 hours as Dynamos take on Bantu Rovers tomorrow.

“The boys played well against Buffaloes and that’s the kind of performances we need in our last three matches,” Chaminuka.

“We have to be focused and take each game as it comes. Our aim remains finishing in the top four and winning the league can only be a bonus.

“If we win against Harare City then we are guaranteed a place in the top four. Harare City will not be easy opponents for us because they also want to finish in top four.

“But we are more than prepared for this match. We are eager to pick maximum points in our remaining matches so that we can cement our top four finish.”

Chaminuka admitted his team surpassed his expectations but has refused to admit that they are a serious title contender.

“It is good when people thrust you as favourites for the championship but we are not even thinking of the title,” he said.

“Our aim at the beginning was to survive relegation and now we want a top four finish so that we can participate in the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

“We are not thinking of winning the title at this point in time. But one thing that I can’t rule out is that there will be a lot of twist and turns in the remaining matches.

“Remember there are still nine points to play for and we are only separated with Dynamos by three points.

“We don’t want to put ourselves under pressure by thinking about the championship. We are taking one match at a time.”

ZPC Kariba’s season in as far as the championship destiny is concerned is now more likely to depend on how they flare against the big teams in the league in these last three matches.

After today’s match against City, ZPC Kariba will face Dynamos before end of season clash against Dynamos which will likely to determine the destiny of the championship.

Harare City are on the other hand hoping to shrug off their 5-3 mid-week defeat at the hands of Dynamos at the same venue.

The Sunshine Boys endured a bad start to this year’s Castle Premiership but they made a steady recovery under Masimba Dinyero and are aiming for a top four finish.

Dinyero’s men have lost their last three matches which has seen them drop back into the relegation mix.

The Sunshine Boys are in 10th place on the log with 34 points but they are only three points off the last relegation slot.

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