By Lungile Zulu
FOCUS falls on relegation-threatened Motor Action this weekend when they date Premiership leaders Dynamos amidst an aura of match-fixing allegations after they s
urprised even themselves with a 6- 0 whacking of Lengthens last week.
Eyebrows have been raised over the result, which saw two Lengthens players and team manager Elliot Mutizwa beaten up by supporters who suspected the match had been thrown.
The Mighty Bulls date a Dynamos side who scrambled to a controversial draw away to Hwange to keep alive hopes of their first league title in a decade.
A defeat could have thrown Dynamos’championships aspirations into tatters with six matches to go.
It promises to be an interesting encounter as both teams have contrasting agendas — Motor Action coming into the match with guns blazing to avert a chop to Division One, while Dynamos will be eager to post a win as they gun for the league title.
But their fight against relegation could not have come at this stage when Dynamos are aiming for a league and cup double.
At Barbourfields, Bulawayo fans will be treated to a derby featuring second-placed Highlanders and Sundowns who will be out to avenge a 3-0 defeat they suffered at the hands of Bosso in the first half of the league season.
Sundowns will seek to stop Highlanders’ charge for a second consecutive Premier Soccer League title. Sundowns lie seventh on the log and are not safe from relegation.
Evans Chikwaikwai, who is the southern region player of the month, is the main threat to the Highlanders surge towards the league title and centre backs Gilbert Banda and Anzlom Ndlovu will have to mark tightly to keep the striker at bay.
Sundowns come into the match with morale high after they dispatched Shooting Stars 1-0 away from home while Highlanders come into the match deflated as they have not been playing well in front of their supporters.
Sundowns secretary Tawengwa Hara who predicted a tough match upped the stakes saying his side “will be out for maximum points to be safe from relegation” while Ernest Sibanda, the Highlanders boss, said: “We cannot afford any slip ups at this stage.”
Third-placed Masvingo United host struggling Caps United who welcome back captain Method Mwanjali and Lionel Mtizwa in a match they need to win to keep alive their chances of ghosting for the coveted title.
Lengthens, still smarting from a 6-0 drubbing, date Monomotapa, while Eastern Lions host Caps FC who have fired their coach Misheck Chidzambwa following a string of poor results.
Fourth-placed Chapungu host army side Black Rhinos, who are favorites for relegation, while fifth placed Lancashire Steel entertain Hwange at Baghdad Stadium.
Shooting Stars wrap up the soccerweekend with a date against struggling Mwana Africa.
Chapungu v Black Rhinos, Njube Sundowns v Highlanders , Masvingo United v CAPS United, Lengthens v Monomotapa, CAPS FC v Eastern Lions, Dynamos v Motor Action, Lancashire Steel v Hwange, Shooting Stars v Mwana Africa.