HWANGE – Hwange have taken aim at Dynamos saying they will be the next to choke under the sweltering heat of the Colliery when the two sides clash in a Castle Premiership fixture on Wednesday.
The coal miners cannot afford to lose any of their remaining nine PSL matches if they are to survive the chop and keep top flight football flowing in this Matebeleland North province.
Chipangano’s future in the Premiership hangs by a thread as they have only garnered 22 points from 21 games and find themselves occupying the last relegation slot on the log.
But their Mbada Diamonds Cup 1-0 win over mining town rivals FC Platinum on Sunday, has given Chipangano a much needed lift ahead of Wednesday’s date against the league’s defending champions, who have generally done well at the Colliery.
Chipangano progressed to the quarterfinals of Zimbabwe’s most lucrative cup competition courtesy of Gerald Ndlovu’s hotly contested penalty strike.
“It’s obviously a morale boaster for us and it is the right tonic we needed as we prepare to face Dynamos on Wednesday,” Hwange goalkeepers’ coach Chenjerai Dube told reporters after Sunday’s match.
“We now want to go all the way and lift the Mbada Cup. But we have to start with a positive result against Dynamos to ensure we survive relegation.
“Beating FC Platinum is just the beginning of better things to come for Hwange.”
As a sign of their intent Hwange immediately regrouped and went back into camp some 40 kilometres outside town after Sunday’s match.
The technical team hopes this team building exercise will produce a sense of belonging and togetherness amongst players ahead of their encounter against the high riding Zimbabwean champions.
The ever present scorching weather in this north-western part of Zimbabwe that topped 42 Degrees celsius last week and will again play into the hands of the coal miners.
The table topping Harare giants arrive in Hwange high riding on the wave of their win over Tripple B on Sunday that has kept them on course for both a league and Mbada Diamonds Cup hat-trick.
The Glamour Boys were expected in this mining town yesterday after undertaking a 703 kilometre journey from the Lowveld.
But judging from how the Zimbabwean champions have made little work of Chipangano in their previous meetings it will be an uphill task for Hwange to throw spanners into the works of Dynamos’ title charge.
Hwange is home to four major language groups namely Nambia, Nyanja, Tonga and Ndebele.
And Hwange staunch supporter, Foster Phiri, believes Chipangano should fight to remain in the league for the sake of these folk whose only source of seeing top flight football is through this team called Hwange.
Phiri said: “We want to see big teams here and Hwange is the only ticket for us so that we at least see CAPS United, Highlanders, Dynamos even if these teams come here once a year.”
Dynamos will be without the suspended duo of defender Partson Jaure and midfielder Russell Madamombe for tomorrow’s game.
DeMbare currently enjoy a two-point lead over second place Harare City with nine games to go before the season ends.
Highlanders is a further two points behind while FC Platinum and CAPS United are five and six points off the pace.
Wednesday: Harare City v Shabanie Mine (Rufaro), Motor Action v Chicken Inn (MASC), Buffaloes v How Mine (Sakubva), CAPS United v Triangle (NSS), Hwange v Dynamos (Colliery) SS9, Highlanders v FC Platinum (Barbourfields)
Thursday: Monomotapa v Tripple B (Rufaro)