BULAWAYO – Harare City will certainly be on a revenge mission when they host top of the table Highlanders in a epic Castle Premiership match at Rufaro Stadium Sunday.
The above tie is the juiciest of all the Premiership penultimate encounters that will be played this weekend as it comes just a week after Bosso eliminated the Sunshine Boys from the prestigious Mbada Diamonds Cup.
City coach Bigboy Mawiwi was left fuming at what he considered to be preferential treatment given to Highlanders at Mandava Stadium last week.
Mawiwi claimed this alleged preferential treatment was aimed at securing the Bulawayo giants’ passage to the final to set up a high profile match against CAP United.
It does not matter that his claims were not proven correct after CAPS were booted out by How Mine to set up an all-Bulawayo final, but what matters is that Mawiwi vowed to beat Highlanders in the league because, as he put it after the cup defeat, “this is a game that he can have control over.’”
A single point separates the two sides with log leaders Highlanders on 51 points while City are on 50.
And while third-placed Harare City and Highlanders lock horns in what can best be described as a grudge match in the capital, second placed Dynamos, who are the Castle Premiership defending champions, will also be in action in the country’s second city of Bulawayo.
The Glamour Boys will clash with Innscor-sponsored Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium.
Chicken Inn have found a new lease of life under former Motor Action coach Joey Antipas and have won two of the three matches that he has presided over while the other match ended in a draw.
Dynamos are likely to face a huge challenge from the home side as the Gamecocks players will be out to prove their worth to Antipas, whose mandate when he was brought in with five games left in the season, was to build a team for next year.
Chicken Inn had at the beginning of the season set a target to finish in the top four and mathematically they still have a chance to do so and Dynamos should therefore brace themselves for a fight.
Championship dark horses FC Platinum will also be in Bulawayo for a date with giant killers How Mine across town at Luveve Stadium.
Lloyd Mutasa’s charges trail log leaders Highlanders by a mere three points and should rightfully be considered as one of the contenders for the league title.
And in the relegation dogfight endangered Black Rhinos will play host to Hwange at Rimuka. Fourth from bottom Rhinos have 34 points to their credit and need to with both their remaining matches to boost their survival chances.
Coalminers Hwange are on 38 points and need to avoid defeat against Rhinos and then ensure their safety with a home win in their last match.
Castle Premiership action however, gets underway this afternoon when already relegated Motor Action take on inconsistent CAPS United at Rufaro.
Saturday: Motor Action v CAPS United (Rufaro).
Sunday: Chicken Inn v Dynamos (Barbourfields), Black Mambas v Tripple B (Morris Depot), How Mine v FC Platinum (Luveve), Buffaloes v Monomotapa (Sakubva), Black Rhinos v Hwange (Rimuka), Harare City v Highlanders (Rufaro), Shabanie Mine v Triangle (Maglas).