It's Super Saturday

HARARE - Today's clash between ZPC Kariba and Dynamos at the Nationals Sports Stadium has been billed as the title decider for an intriguing 2014 Castle Premiership season.

Dynamos lead the log standings on 54 points while ZPC Kariba are in second place, just one point behind the defending champions.

Defending champions DeMbare will be pretty confident heading into this afternoon’s match as they are currently on a 17-match unbeaten run in the league.

Calisto Pasuwa’s men last tasted defeat in the league back in June when they went down 1-0 away to Hwange at the Colliery.

Since then, the Glamour Boys have charged towards a fourth consecutive title with rivals CAPS United and Highlanders failing by the wayside.

What will be a worry to Pasuwa ahead of this match is the inconsistency shown by his side in front of goal in recent weeks.

In their last five matches, the record Zimbabwean champions have picked up three wins and two draws.

Last Sunday, DeMbare toiled to a goalless draw at home to already relegated Bantu Rovers, a result which breathed life into ZPC’s title challenge.

The result was in sharp contrast to their previous game when they scored for fun in the 3-5 win over Harare City three days earlier in midweek.

DeMbare also dropped another crucial two points when they were held 1-1 by struggling Chapungu last month.

The other two wins for DeMbare were identical 1-0 victories over lowly Shabanie Mine and struggling Buffaloes.

Dynamos however, have been in similar situations before and they know how to prevail under such circumstances.

In the past three seasons, the Glamour Boys have won the league on the last day of the season and a win today will deliver them their 21st league title.

Earlier this week Pasuwa said: “It’s not over until it’s over, we have to play first, in our last league match against Bantu Rovers many people thought that we were favourites to collect maximum points but we drew.

“I think the better team will win, we have done our preparations and we are now ready to face ZPC Kariba. We know that that they beat us in the reverse fixture, but this is new game altogether.”

For ZPC Kariba, few thought the league debutants would be in such a position this late in the season.

After a turbulent pre-season which saw them almost failing to register for the league after a sponsorship hiccup, Saul Chaminuka’s men can win the title if they win their remaining two matches.

Since the start of the season, Chaminuka’s gospel was that their aim was to survive relegation even after they delivered a killer blow to dump Highlanders out of the title race with a 1-3 win at Hartsfield Rugby Ground.

But that all changed last Saturday when the Kariba-based side held on to 2-3 win over Harare City to go top of the log for 24 hours.

“With two games to go before the end of the season, I can now safely say that we are now fighting for the championship,” Chaminuka told reporters after the win over City.

“What is interesting is that we are going to face Dynamos in our next league fixture, if we win this game then our chances of winning the title will be high. We need to win that game at all cost because our eyes are now on the championship.”

In their last five matches, ZPC have won four with the only bleep coming in the form of a 2-0 defeat away to in-form FC Platinum.

The league debutants will take confidence in the fact that they defeated DeMbare 1-0 in the reverse fixture earlier this season at the same venue.    

Team News

Dynamos will be hoping star striker Washington Pakamisa is fit to play today after limping out of training on Thursday.

The Glamour Boys also face injury concerns with midfielders Stephen Alimenda, Devon Chafa, Walter Mukanga and Tichaona Mabvura.

ZPC Kariba will be without goalkeeper and captain Tendai Hove, who was injured last month in the win over Triangle, while midfielders Elvis Meleka and David Rediyoni are also doubtful for the tie.       

Form Guide

ZPC Kariba: Harare City 2-3 ZPC Kariba, ZPC Kariba 3-1 Buffaloes, FC Platinum 2-0 ZPC Kariba, ZPC Kariba 1-0 Triangle, Highlanders 1-3 ZPC Kariba.

Dynamos: Dynamos 0-0 Bantu Rovers, Harare City 3-5 Dynamos, Dynamos 1-1 Chapungu, Buffaloes 0-1 Dynamos, Dynamos 1-0 Shabanie Mine.

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