Shabanie check in for acid test


Staff Writer

THE City of Kings hosts this weekend’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League main attractions when defending champions Amazulu face Shabanie Mine at Luveve Stadium, while Highl

anders clash with Black Rhinos at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.


Both matches have a bearing on the top four log standings after the weekend programme.


Also on Sunday, log leaders Caps United are expected to clinch maximum points again, with the possibility of a huge scoreline, against minnows Njube Sundowns at the National Sports Stadium. Makepekepe edged Rhinos 2-0 last weekend to revive their trailblazing campaign for the championship.


Boasting several match winners that have of late proved their mettle, such as Raymond Undi, Laughter Chilembwe, Leonard Tsipa, Cephas Chimedza and Brian Badza, nothing seems likely to come from Sundowns to deter Caps.


Caps’ top form aside, Bulawayo will be the hive of action, with Shabanie Mine’s fine run coming under litmus test from Amazulu. Shabanie’s Shadreck Malunga, Albert Mbano and Patrick Mandizha will carry the hopes of the asbestos miners. Usuthu’s main strength lies in a formidable midfield.


If Highlanders should still entertain hopes of closing the seven-point deficit against Caps, the Bulawayo giants have to regain their form of yesteryear. Bosso could be viewed as slightly lacking that same depth this year but the widely followed side last week proved the character and muscle that define champions by clinching a late victory over Sporting Lions in Harare.

Dynamos return to Harare’s Gwanzura Stadium tomorrow to face Sporting with tails high following a 2-0 victory away to Zimbabwe Saints last Sunday.


Other weekend fixtures:

Saturday

Railstars v Zimbabwe Saints (Barbourfields)

Kwekwe Cables v Motor Action (Mbizo)


Sunday

Masvingo United v Lancashire Steel (Mucheke)

Wankie v Eiffel Flats (Colliery)