Soldiers clash with students

HARARE - Even the grass is expected to suffer when soldiers Black Rhinos lock horns with Students, Herentals in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter at National Sports Stadium this afternoon.

Black Rhinos are getting into this encounter on the backdrop of an emphatic 7-0 win against basement side Mutare City Rovers but gives them a little to cheer about given how much they have struggled for results in the previous encounters.

Prior to the match against Mutare City, Rhinos drew 1-1 with log leaders FC Platinum and also played to a similar scoreline away to Bulawayo Chiefs.

“Chauya Chipembere succumbed to successive 1-0 defeats against Chapungu and CAPS United while a 1-2 loss against Yadah ended their 10-match unbeaten run.

It is for this reason that Black Rhinos secretary-general Camble Sithole has declared war on the Students armed with only books and pens.

“To us this is more of a derby so we are expecting a tough match. The guys have prepared the best they could ahead of this encounter.

“We understand they are on top of the moon at the moment having booked their place in the last eight of the Chibuku Super Cup which means they are highly motivated but we are equally inspired to bounce back to winning ways given how much we have struggled in recent matches,” Sithole told the Daily News yesterday.

“We have got a bruised ego and we need to quickly bounce back to our winning ways and that has to start with this game.

“Of course we have got different backgrounds compared to Herentals, we have been around for long now but they haven’t disappointed in their maiden season which makes the match really interesting.”

Herentals on the other hand are not showing any signs of being intimidated with their coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva also declaring his charges ready for battle against the soldiers.

“We are not intimidated because it’s not the first time we are meeting, we have met several times.

“This is a game that is unpredictable, the better team of the day will win it.

“The boys are very high in confidence and the levels have been boosted by the first round triumph in the Chibuku Cup against Ngezi,” Mutiwekuziva said.

Herentals have lost only two matches in the second half of the season, a 1-0 defeat against Highlanders in Bulawayo and the recent 2-0 loss at the hands of log leaders FC Platinum.

They have managed to draw two games against CAPS United 0-0 and Chapungu 1-1 while beating Bulawayo Chiefs 1-0, Bulawayo City 0-1, ZPC Kariba 1-0 and Ngezi Platinum Stars 1-0.

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