THE title race for the Premier Soccer League takes a break this weekend as top clubs focus on the second round matches of the CBZ Cup.
align=justify>Save for Division One’s Lengthens, Border Strikers and Ziscosteel, the second round will feature the all-too-familiar premiership sides that went through the first round a fortnight ago.
Lengthens and Ziscosteel brew shockers to dump premiership’s big guns Caps United and Highlanders on penalties out of the competition.
The minnows however need to relive the form of two weeks ago to overcome new opponents in the second round.
Ziscosteel will meet Lancashire Steel in a Midlands derby while Lengthens face Buymore who progressed to the second round after beating Blue Jets in a penalty shootout.
Shooting Stars, who lost their league match to Hwange 4-2 over the weekend, will want to vent their anger on Motor Action.
However, it is going to be an uphill task for Shooting Stars to beat Motor Action considering that the Mighty Bulls are playing well and are lying second on the latest PSL log standings. On Sunday Dynamos entertain Mwana Africa at their favourite home ground, Rufaro Stadium, in one of the much-awaited matches lined up for the day.
Dynamos coach David Mandigora will be hoping that their top marksman Sebastian Mutizirwa will continue with his fine form. The sharp forward banged in four goals past Zimbabwe Saints goalkeeper Pedzisai Gumiremhete last Sunday.
Mutizirwa also scored in the first round tie against Harare United.
Mutizirwa has become the answer to Dynamos strike force after the departure of Evans Gwekwerere to Moroka Swallows of South Africa.
Shabanie Mine, whose play seems to be deteriorating with each game and are threatened with relegation from the PSL, lock horns with Masvingo United at Maglas stadium. The asbestos miners cruised through to the second round after beating Gaths Mine 1-0.
Hwange travel to Babourfields Stadium for an encounter with Railstars. Hwange struggled in the first match although they eventually came out victors. The colliery men are playing well as they are lying on the third position on the latest PSL log standings.
In another match set for the capital, Black Rhinos face Monomotapa at Gwanzura stadium.
Cosmas “Tsano” Zulu will be banking on Master Masitara to get the much-needed goals. Masitara will be hoping to get assistance from 2004 Soccer Star of the Year finalist Njabulo Ncube to get the goals.
At Ascot stadium in Gweru, Chapungu, who had a harvest of goals in their first round match against Underhill, clash with Beitbridge-based Border Strikers. The airmen will be banking on the likes of Cuthbert Malajila who struck in four goals in the first match to be on target.