Chunga warns FC Platinum

HARARE - Harare City coach Moses Chunga says his side will not offer any favours to Castle Lager Premiership chasing FC Platinum when the two teams clash at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon.

With five games to go, the platinum miners are in pole position with 51 points but they still face stiff competition from second-placed CAPS United (50) and third-placed Highlanders (47).

“They (FC Platinum) are at the top of the table but the season is not yet over,” Chunga told the Daily News yesterday.

“In as much as they want to win, we also want to win. We are not party spoilers, we are just doing our job. Of course, we respect them just like any other team in the league.”

The Sunshine Boys’ season has been below par this year and they go into today’s match in seventh place some 16 points behind the platinum miners.

With their budget and squad at their disposal, City should be challenging for the league title on a yearly basis but find themselves in mid-table. 

“We have got our own objections and we try to follow them. We have challenges in that we are having injuries every week but the encouraging thing is that we have able replacements,” Chunga said.

“We are happy with our current form and we want to maintain the winning mentality. For us, every game is important so we are approaching this one with the same attitude to pick maximum points.

“There is nothing special about this fixture. It’s the same like other matches that we have played before.” 

Second-placed CAPS United, who will surely be praying for a huge favour from neighbours Harare City to stop FC Platinum, travel to Beitbridge where they have a date against Border Strikers at Dulibadzimu Stadium tomorrow.

Makepekepe assistant coach Mark Mathe told the Daily News they would not be taking Border Strikers lightly despite their bottom place on the log.

“Border Strikers situation makes them difficult and stronger and we are approaching the match like all the rest; independent of where the opponent is on the log standings,” Mathe said.

“There are five games left, everyone has significant objectives and these are key matches in the championship race.

“I expect Border Strikers to come at us because their situation is tough and although they still have a chance of avoiding the drop, it will be complicated. I have no doubt that we will have problems against them and we will need a very good performance. There is no way we can underestimate Border Strikers.”

The Green Machine will be without the services of defender Stephen Makatuka who is suspended after accumulating three yellow cards.

Elsewhere Highlanders, who were relieved to have rescued maximum points with an Erick Mudzingwa last-gasp penalty against Ngezi Platinum Stars in their last league match two weeks ago, must overcome Chapungu to maintain their title challenge.

Bosso are coming into this match with heads high after progressing to the semi-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup last weekend after edging How Mine 3-4 after a penalty shoot.

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