DeMbare bank on City slip-up

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HARARE – Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro is hoping for one more twist in the Castle Premiership title race, and has called on rivals CAPS United to do them a huge favour by shattering Harare City’s championship dream. 

Chihoro, a former DeMbare player, remains upbeat about his side's chances despite destiny being out of their hands.

While acknowledging the title destiny is now firmly in Harare City’s hands, Chihoro is hoping that the Sunshine Boys drop points in their decisive game against CAPS United at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

City hold a two point advantage at the top of the log table over Dynamos and Highlanders, who are second and third respectively going into the final round of the season.

Bigboy Mawiwi’s me are searching for their maiden league title since gaining promotion into the top-flight league two years ago.

On the other hand, DeMbare are hoping bitter city rivals CAPS United do them a huge favour by defeating the Sunshine Boys while their win their last game against Black Mambas at Rufaro Stadium.

“Harare City are the favourites now, and the destiny of the title is in their hands. If they beat CAPS then they will be the champions,” Chihoro told Daily News yesterday.

“Our target has always been to win the league, but it is going to be difficult now. All that matters now is to make sure we prepare properly for our game against Black Mambas. You never know in football, anything can happen.

“We need to face Mambas with the right attitude. Mambas are fighting relegation and it’s not going to be an easy match for us.

“We are praying Harare City drop points in their game against CAPS United. We are not just depending on ourselves anymore. Destiny is no longer in our hands. What we have to do is win our last match and see if they can slip up.”  

Bulawayo giants Highlanders, who are tied on 51 points with DeMbare, can also clinch the championship if both Harare City and Dynamos falter while they beat Shabanie Mine at Barbourfields Stadium.

Meanwhile, Chihoro has blamed referees of bias, accusing the officials of plotting his side’s downfall this season.

“We do not know if it was poor officiating, or there was a plot to make us lose the title this season. We were not happy with the officiating especially towards the end of the season,” Chihoro said. 

“In our previous game against Chicken Inn we scored a cleared goal but surprisingly it was ruled off side. And that’s some of the decisions that have put us in this situation.”   

FIXTURES

Dynamos v Black Mambas (Rufaro), Triangle v Chicken Inn (Gibbo), Tripple B v How Mine (Dulibadzimu), FC Platinum v Buffaloes (Mandava), Monomotapa v Black Rhinos (Gwanzura), Hwange v Motor Action (Colliery), CAPS United v Harare City (NSS), Highlanders v Shabanie Mine (Barbourfields).

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