On Wednesday Highlanders stole a march on Triangle in the intriguing race for the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title but their confrontation with championship rivals Harare City at Rufaro stadium on Sunday means the calculators are probably still needed.
The match will be broadcast live at 3pm on SuperSport 9.
Champions Dynamos suffered a hammer blow from Shabanie, failing to take three points in their home match and they face another mammoth task on their visit to Barbourfields for a date with Chicken Inn.
Highlanders, with 52 points, lead DeMbare and City by just two points and both Dynamos and the Sunshine Boys need Bosso to lose at least one of their final two matches.
On the other hand a win for Highlanders on Sunday will edge them closer to the big prize.
While Dynamos’ run has not been as impressive as last season they will still fancy their chances, but their fate is not entirely in their hands.
Harare City and Highlanders served a sizzling show in the Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-final last Saturday in a match which had to be decided via penalties after a 2-2 draw and this time another thrilling show is expected with the stakes equally high.
The Sunshine Boys can expect massive support from DeMbare faithfuls hoping Highlanders will fail to collect three points.
But DeMbare have problems of their own against a Chicken Inn side under the guidance of Joey Antipas which is likely to be spurred on by the Bosso faithful in Bulawayo.
Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa needs his team to convert chances against Chicken Inn, having fluffed a hatful in their last match.
“The problem is changing players every week owing to injuries, but we are going to miss Ocean (Mushure) in the next game after he picked up another yellow card,” said Pasuwa. “We will have to soldier on. The other players have to step in and perform that is why we register 30 players. We will prepare for Chicken Inn and hope that we can win that match. It’s a difficult match but if Shabanie got a valuable point under such difficult conditions what’s to stop us from getting the three points.We will need to do better in terms of chance conversion.”
Dynamos missed vice-captain Tawanda Muparati, defender Patson Jaure and striker Clive Kawinga in their 1-1 draw with Shabanie and the trio’s expected return will boost the Glamour Boys.
It is the goals that DeMbare need but Washington Pakamisa and Simba Sithole failed to provide them on Wednesday.
Harare City and Highlanders have a good chance of ending Dynamos’ two-year dominance.
Saturday: Motor Action v Caps United, Rufaro SS9;
Sunday: Harare City v Highlanders, Rufaro SS9; Chicken Inn v Dynamos, Barbourfields; How Mine v FC Platinum, Luveve; Buffaloes v Monomotapa, Sakubva; Black Rhinos v Hwange, Rimuka; Black Mambas v Tripple B, Morris Depot and Shabanie Mine v Triangle, Maglas.
Harare City’s Silas Songani was a menace to the Highlanders defence line and Bosso will be hoping they can put a leash on the slippery forward.
On the other hand Harare City will have to handle Bosso striker Njabulo Ncube and Masimba Mambare better before the two cause problems.
Saturday; Motor Action v Caps United, Rufaro SS9; Sunday; Harare City v Highlanders, Rufaro SS9; Chicken Inn v Dynamos, Barbourfields; How Mine v FC Platinum, Luveve; Buffaloes v Monomotapa, Sakubva; Black Rhinos v Hwange, Rimuka; Black Mambas v Tripple B, Morris Depot and Shabanie Mine v Triangle, Maglas.