Let the games begin

HARARE - The 2015 Castle Premier Soccer League (PSL) season begins this afternoon with football fans across the country hoping for another entertainment-filled campaign.

Harare City will get the ball rolling when they host newly-promoted side Tsholotsho at Rufaro Stadium.

City coach Taurai Mangwiro is confident that the Sunshine Boys will hit the ground running in the season opener against the league novices.

“They are new boys in the league and it makes them dangerous because we have never seen them playing. We are however, not reading much into that; we hope to give a good account of ourselves to pick up maximum points,” Mangwiro told Daily News this week.

Action will get into full swing tomorrow with four matches lined up across the country.

Reigning champions Dynamos will begin their defence of the title with a date against Buffaloes at the National Sports Stadium and their coach David Mandigora insisted they are ready to maintain their dominance as the league champions.

“Our preparations have been going on well and we are looking for a good result,” Mandigora told the Daily News yesterday after his team’s morning workout.

“The good thing is we are getting there, especially in terms of fitness. I can say we are almost there.”

Dynamos could however, start the defence of their title without the pair of their new signings of utility player Godknows Murwira and Ghanaian midfielder Erick Opoku as they are yet to get their clearances.  

“We are still to get clearances for Godknows (Murwira) and that of Erick (Opoku). Maybe by the end of day tomorrow (today) we will have a clear picture to that effect. We hope it will work out soon.”

FC Platinum still licking their wounds following their 5-1 drubbing by Young Africans in the Caf Confederations Cup, host newly promoted Dongo Sawmills at Mandava.

Highlanders travel to Harare for a date against ZPC Kariba at Gwanzura while Chicken Inn entertain another new side Flame Lily at Luveve.

On Sunday, CAPS United coach Mark Harrison will lead his newly-assembled side to Ascot Stadium for a date against new boys Whawha.

Harrison, who joined the Green Machine earlier this year, has declared his charges ready.

“We are getting where we need to go,” Harrison told Daily News yesterday.

“We now know what they are about. I think it’s gonna be a tough game; if I had a choice I wouldn’t want to play a team just promoted because they would want to prove a point.

“We have been preparing. I have let two or three trialists go and I have also added a couple of youngsters to the squad.

“I am looking forward to my first competitive match as CAPS United coach and I am really excited about it. It’s good now to get the season underway. This is what everybody has been preparing for.”

In other matches on Sunday, Triangle host Hwange at Gibbo while How Mine will begin their quest with a home tie against Chapungu at Luveve.

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