Ball in DeMbare’s court


HARARE – Dynamos have the ball firmly in their court as they search for a third straight Premiership title but face a sterner test on Sunday when they travel to Gibbo to face Triangle.

DeMbare shot to the top of the log last Sunday following their 1-0 win over bitter rivals Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium.

Left-back Ocean Mushure converted a late spot kick to win the match for the Harare giants.

The Glamour Boys face Gishon Ntini’s men, who are high on confidence having gone for eight matches undefeated.

Triangle thrashed Tripple B 5-0 last weekend, marking an end to the Beitbridge side’s one year flirtation with the Premiership.

DeMbare should brace themselves for an uphill task especially given their awful record outside the capital this season. Dynamos have only managed two wins outside Harare – against Tripple B and Highlanders.

Triangle coach Gishon Ntini revealed to this paper earlier in the week that he will be out to dent DeMbare’s title aspirations.

The former CAPS United and Shooting Stars coach has guided the Lowveld side to sixth place on the log table with 38 points from 26 matches and are beaten in their last 12 matches in the league.

“These matches have come at the right time of the season. The league destiny is in my hands and if there is anyone who thinks it’s over then they must be joking,” Ntini told Daily News.

“Personally, I respect Dynamos and their coach Callisto Pasuwa whom I think has done pretty well in the previous two seasons. It’s obviously going to be a tough match.

“I have a reputation to protect against Dynamos. I have never lost to Dynamos as a coach. But even if they lost to us they can still go on and win the league. They have been in this situation before and can handle it well.

“Highlanders robbed us in the Mbada Diamonds Cup first round and we have an issue to settle with them. I am sure they are aware of the danger that awaits them.”

Dynamos will obviously be motivated by their successful expedition in Bulawayo where they silenced Highlanders 1-0 in a thrilling encounter.

Dynamos will be missing the services of central defender Partson Jaure, who is serving a two-match suspension after he was red-carded last weekend against Bosso.

After Sunday's clash, defending champions DeMbare face Shabanie Mine at home, Chicken Inn away before wrapping up their season with a clash against police outfit Black Mambas.

Elsewhere, Harare City who are also vying for the title, visit relegation threatened Black Rhinos at Rimuka Stadium in a potentially exciting tie. Both teams have everything to play for as they all need the three points albeit to a different cause.

Taurai Mangwiro’s CAPS United travel to Mutare for a date with Buffaloes while Chicken Inn host FC Platinum at Luveve on Sunday.

Joey Antipas the new Chicken Inn gaffer will need to impress his employers by securing his first victory at the helm of the Bulawayo side.


Saturday: Black Mambas v Monomotapa (Morris Depot), How Mine v Hwange (Luveve), Buffaloes v CAPS United (Sakubva).

Sunday: Triangle v Dynamos (Gibbo), Shabanie Mine v Tripple B (Maglas), Chicken Inn v Platinum (Luveve), Black Rhinos v Harare City (Rimuka), Motor Action v Highlanders (Rufaro)

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