Hwange's big chance

HARARE - Relegation-threatened Hwange have been presented with the biggest opportunity in their fight for survival as they face a depleted Highlanders side at the Colliery on Sunday.

Bosso will be without two of their most influential players — captain Rahman Kutsanzira and striker Ralph Matema — who are suspended for this Castle Lager Premiership tie after accumulating three yellow cards.

While Hwange will be missing the services of Admire Banda, who is also suspended for the same sin, it is however, the absence of marauding Bosso duo that should excite Bigboy Mawiwi and his charges.

Despite sitting third from bottom with 31 points from 30 matches, Chipangano have not lost hope of surviving the chop and will be hoping to carry on from where they left off when they held champions CAPS United to a 1-1 draw last weekend.

Chipangano got their goal from speedy 18-year-old forward Delic Murimba while Makepekepe equalised through John Zhuwawu. The coal miners will be looking forward to facing a Bosso side without Kutsanzira and Matema with a win taking them a step closer to survival.

Speaking after the draw with Makepekepe, Mawiwi was adamant that his charges will fight with their lives in the remaining four matches as they bid to retain their Premiership status next season.

“We remain focused, we continue fighting,” Mawiwi said. “We have got the confidence and there are still 12 points to fight for; we will see what happens.

“I think (the draw) it’s a wasted opportunity because it was going to give us a big lift because most of the teams in our situation lost and others drew.

“I’m confident that we can still survive relegation. We have the confidence and the players to do the job. We are not even worried at all.

“We just need to work hard in our remaining matches. We need to quickly forget about this result and focus on our next match which is against Highlanders.”

Another relegation threatened side, Shabanie Mine have been dealt a huge blow in their quest for survival following the suspension of captain and striker Farai Mupasiri ahead of their crunch tie against Black Rhinos.

The Zvishavane-based side, who occupy the last relegation slot on 32 points, play Chauya Chipembere at Rufaro on Saturday without Mupasiri, who has picked up three yellow cards.



How Mine v CAPS United (Luveve), Chicken Inn v Tsholotsho (Barbourfields)


Yadah FC v Bulawayo City (NSS), FC Platinum v ZPC Kariba (Mandava), Black Rhinos v Shabanie Mine (Morris Depot)


Bantu Rovers v Ngezi Platinum (Luveve), Hwange v Highlanders (Colliery), Triangle v Harare City (Gibbo), Dynamos v Chapungu (NSS) 

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