AS Premier Soccer League clubs intensify their bids to dethrone Highlanders, the city of Bulawayo will on Sunday reverberate to titanic clashes involving Harare giants.
Champions Highlanders will host traditional arch-rivals Caps United at Barbourfields Stadium while across town log leaders AmaZulu will be seeking the scalp of Dynamos at Luveve Stadium.
Both matches have a major bearing on the championship race.
Caps, buoyed by an impressive run of form, come under severe scrutiny from Highlanders, who despite having once again performed pathetically in the African Champions League, have boisterously indicated their intention to maintain a stranglehold on the domestic crown.
Bosso lock horns with Makepekepe seemingly having already engaged the travelling gear. The champions have over the past four seasons clearly demonstrated their ability to charge into a combative mood and proceed to sweep past all and sundry to collect the most prized asset – league title. That virtue comes under a stern test on Sunday.
Caps displayed a scintillating performance when beating ambitious Sporting Lions 4-2 at the National Sports Stadium on Wednesday. On the other hand Bosso easily dismissed relegation bound minnows Blue Swallows 2-0 to increase their tally to 22 points from nine matches.
Caps are second on the log on 31 points from 14 matches, the same as leaders AmaZulu who however enjoy a superior goal aggregate.
The match should be decided in midfield where Bosso’s seasoned campaigners, Richard Choruma, Honour Gombami and Costa Maradzike will do battle against Caps’ combination of Lloyd Chitembwe, Siza Khoza, Elton Chimedza and Wonder Ngoko.
At the same time much will also depend on the aggressiveness of both sides’ strikers.
Caps’ bustling striker Brain Badza is in terrific form. The same goes for Walter Chuma and Limited Chikafa.
For Bosso, Young Warriors striker Mkhokheli Dube would be expected by the home fans to combine his skill with the experience and muscle of veterans Mulenga Chewe and Chipo Tsodzo.
Equally intriguing should be the Luveve Stadium clash where AmaZulu must brace for consistent attacking play from Keegan Mumba’s Dynamos.
The exploits of Eddie Mashiri and Musareka Jenitala on the flanks have become Dynamos’ major strength. Both players combine skill, speed and accuracy to create chances for Norman Maroto, Tendai Mwarura and Kelvin Mwale.
For their part, Usuthu are an envy of many a team with their mobile and disciplined midfield. Esrom Nyandoro, Mkhuphali Masuku and Ferdinand Mwachindalo have the pedigree to keep Dynamos on the back foot.
Sunday – Black Rhinos v Sporting Lions (Rufaro), Chapungu v Wankie (Ascot), AmaZulu v Dynamos (Luveve), Highlanders v Caps United (Barbourfields).