Usuthu face tricky fixture against Caps


Staff Writer

FLAMBOYANT Bulawayo-based out-fit Amazulu (Usuthu) find themselves in a situation that they have been in at least twice before.



Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>On Sunday, Usuthu could land one hand on the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League with a victory that looks highly likely against a struggling Caps United. Victory might as well spark celebrations in the Usuthu camp, for the most coveted domestic trophy would indeed be within reach.


However, Usuthu would be the first to recall how for two seasons they lost out at the very final hurdle, with the coast appearing pretty clear with a few games remaining.


An emphatic 3-0 victory over resurgent army team Black Rhinos last week loudly pronounced Usuthu’s pedigree. Nearest rivals Highlanders (Bosso), as well as Harare-based side Dynamos (DeMbare), lost their respective matches over the weekend. That enabled Amazulu to open a four-point lead on top of the log.


However, Bosso and DeMbare bounced back with vital midweek victories, 1-0 against Black Rhinos and 2-0 over Shabanie Mine respectively. And the midweek results reopened the title race as well as piling more pressure on Usuthu.


Of the leading pack, it is only Bosso that have a home match on Sunday against Division 1-bound Blue Swallows. The champions are assured of maximum points and veteran midfield workhorse, Richard Choruma, who is in an invigorated form, would lead the onslaught.


DeMbare make the longest and arguably the most dreaded trip to the Colliery for a date with a precariously positioned Wankie that could deal a body blow to their aspirations.


DeMbare mentor Keegan Mumba, a schemer of repute, would be pinning hopes on the experience of striker Agent Sawu and midfielder Francis Chandida to create chances and score goals.


Mumba would, however, need to sort out his defence which was seriously exposed by Sundowns last week.


Zambian import Luke Masomere who faces a challenge failed in the past by Charles Mhlauri and Ebson Muguyo – winning the championship for Usuthu – could wrap it up against Caps United on Sunday.


However, Usuthu might be in for a rude awakening from the former log leaders who find themselves in the throes of trouble.

Caps United have the material to beat any team on the domestic league but have been dogged by internal problems.


The heat is equally high on the other side of the log as desperate attempts to escape relegation reach the climax.


Two matches are on tomorrow involving teams staring disaster in the face.

Kambuzuma United need nothing short of victory against Moses Chunga’s Shabanie Mine at Gwanzura Stadium in Harare tomorrow. The asbestos miners were chucked out of the frying pan and thrust into the fire with the defeat by DeMbare on Wednesday night.


The same tense atmosphere depicting a do-or-die mission will prevail at Luveve Stadium as Sundowns host fellow relegation candidates Chapungu.


Saturday fixtures

Kambuzuma United v Shabanie Mine (Gwanzura); Motor Action v Sporting Lions (Sakubva); and Sundowns v Chapungu (Luveve).


Sunday

Black Rhinos v Lancashire Steel (Rufaro); Caps United v Amazulu (NSS); Highlanders v Blue Swallows (Barbourfields); and Wankie v Dynamos (Colliery).

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