3 matches on as season opens

Ndamu Sandu

THE 2004 Premier Soccer League season roars into life tomorrow with three matches lined up across the country.



The

league, sponsored by Delta Beverages to the tune of $300 million, kicks off with the country’s top teams from last season – Dynamos and Amazulu, engaged in international matches.



Dynamos are scheduled to play Savanne Sporting of Mauritius in a preliminary round tie of the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday.


Reigning League Champions Usuthu host Mozambican side Maxaquene at Barbourfields on the same day. The season was delayed by the senior national team’s participation at the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia that ended last month.


Tomorrow Railstars hosts Shabanie Mine at Luveve Stadium while across town Highlanders entertain a disjointed Sporting Lions at Barbourfields Stadium.


Bosso, who missed out the championship last season by a solitary point have to adjust to rhythm without midfield dynamo Richard Choruma who recently signed for South African side Dynamos.


The workaholic midfielder was an inspiration to the team and his absence might reduce the Bosso midfield department to a pale shadow of the mainstay team that it has been for the past three seasons.


But Bosso welcomes into the team Zambian play-maker Charles Chilufya who played brilliantly in the friendly against Amazulu last Sunday.


Sporting Lions on the other hand, has also been experiencing problems with a players exodus hitting the team ahead of the season’s kick-off.


In the off-season, the Thomas Mapfumo-sponsored side lost entirely the whole first team after a fall-out among the sponsors.


In Kwekwe newly-promoted side Kwekwe Cables clash with premiership returnees Eiffel Flats. On Sunday Wankie hosts Lancashire Steel at the Colliery.


In Masvingo, the Mhunga-sponsored Masvingo United play Njube Sundowns at Mucheke Stadium while pharmaceutical side Caps United hosts perennial arch-rivals Black Rhinos at the National Sports Stadium.


Rhinos, who in the off season acquired the services of former Dynamos coach Keegan Mumba is expected to roll past their opponents who 4-1 to by Zambian side Green Buffaloes last Saturday.

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