The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League soap opera continues this weekend and as has been in keeping with its theme so far this term, more twists and turns can be expected in both the title race and the relegation scrap.
Caps United host its bogey side Monomotapa in a must win Harare derby for both teams while Dynamos travels to Kadoma to face Black Rhinos at its new home Rimuka stadium and log leaders Harare City will be hoping the sun continues to shine on its aspirations when it hosts FC Platinum.
Harare City has been dazzling since its surprise 1-4 defeat to Hwange, playing like champions while FC Platinum might have revised its targets after suffering loss of form which has seen the Zvishavane side plunge lower on the log.
Caps United is unbeaten in eight matches one of which was a frustrating nil-all draw against Monomotapa in a game the Green Machine dominated and should have won.
After two draws on the road against Highlanders and Hwange, the Green Machine is hoping for maximum points to strengthen its case for the title.
Coach Taurai Mangwiro, who openly criticised his players, particularly striker Dominic Chungwa for failing the team in the reverse fixture, is hoping that his charges can carry the momentum having struck a rich vein of form at home.
“We picked up two points from a possible six in the last two matches and we need to back that up with a win this weekend,” said Mangwiro.
“But we know we face a tough challenge against what has proved to be our bogey side. We are confident this time because the team has gelled and has shown progress. We have shown better resolve in the last few matches and the players are exhibiting good fighting spirit.”
Monomotapa will be missing its talisman Ronald Chitiyo who is with the national team at the Cosafa tournament while Caps is without defender Arnold Chivheya serving suspension while goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube and midfielder Hardlife Zvirekwi are also on national duty.
But the Green Machine unleashed the duo of Benson Maglas and Gerald Phiri, registered in the mid-season transfer window, to give Mangwiro more options in attack.
“Both started off well when we introduced them against Hwange. They will help us a lot in the second half of the season; they bring in a different dimension and they add penetration in attack. But we are monitoring Maglas who took a knock in that match.”
Champions Dynamos will be hoping for maximum points in Kadoma in what could prove to be a tricky tie against a side which has already dipped its toes in relegation waters.
With Kalisto Pasuwa’s Glamour Boys trailing the log leaders by just three points they will be hoping to keep the pressure.
DeMbare will be missing Devon Chafa and Ocean Mushure, and Rhinos will be looking to take advantage.
Highlanders is well over due for a win after picking up just two points from its last four matches.
It hosts Hwange at Barbourfields on Sunday with a mission to realign its title push. Goals have dried up for the team and Kelvin Kaindu’s side has been over reliant on Milton Ncube.
The other attackers will need to come to the party if Bosso is to rescue the championship dream.
Another drop of points will be a catastrophe.
Saturday; How Mine v Shabanie Mine, Black Mambas v Chicken Inn, Motor Action v Triple B, Harare City v Platinum,
Sunday; Buffaloes v Triangle United, Black Rhinos v Dynamos, CAPS United v Monomotapa, Highlanders v Hwange