Mhofu's plea to players

ZPC KARIBA coach Sunday Chidzambwa has challenged his charges to stay focused in the remaining five matches of the Castle Lager Premiership.

Chidzambwa wants his side to show their guile  starting with a potentially banana skin tie against title aspirants Chicken Inn on Sunday at Nyamhunga Stadium.

The power-utility company-owned  side have had an indifferent campaign which was also characterised by off-field events which saw Chidzambwa announcing his intentions to leave the club at the end of the season.

ZPC started the season positively and at one stage occupied the top place on the log as they were expected to be one of the title challengers.
However, everything went haywire as results start to dry up with Chidzambwa accusing his players of sabotage.

A leaked recording in which the coach was heard castigating the club executives also made the situation worse.
But in recent weeks it seems like the club is now pulling in one direction with indications that Chidzambwa’s contract will be renewed at the end of the year.

After that rocky period, ZPC now find themselves in eighth place on the log with 40 points from 29 matches.
Chidzambwa’s charges are winless in their last six matches and risk being involved in the relegation scrap as they are only separated by nine points with Shabanie Mine, who occupy the last relegation slot.

And this week Chidzambwa made a passionate appeal to his players to keep their heads up until the season ends.

“We have been preparing. Chicken Inn are in the title race and it’s not going to be an easy match for us,” Chidzambwa told the Weekend Post.

“They beat us in Bulawayo in the reverse fixture in a game I thought we missed a lot of good goal-scoring chances. So we are going to fight this time around to try and get maximum points.

“Of late we have not been producing good results but I think we have been working hard on our shortfalls. We need to stay focused and get as many points as we can in these remaining fixtures.”

On the other hand, Chicken Inn are still fancying their chances of winning the league after they revived their hopes with a 2-1 win over Harare City in their last outing.

Rahman Gumbo’s charges are fully aware they cannot afford to drop any points at this stage if they are to be crowned champions at the end of the season.

But before Kariba face Chicken Inn tomorrow, Harare City will be without influential midfielder William Manondo when they welcome current Castle Lager Premiership side FC Platinum this afternoon at Rufaro Stadium.

Manondo is one of the players suspended for this weekend’s matches for accumulating three yellow cards.
The midfielder is one of the reasons behind the Sunshine Boys’ resurgence which has also seen them book a place in the Chibuku Super Cup final.

However, City midfielder Learnmore Muyambo is confident of picking maximum points against title aspirants FC Platinum, who are in desperate need of maximum points.

“We have been working so hard at training even results of our previous matches are there for everyone to see,” said Muyambo.
“We are playing at home and we need to collect maximum points at all costs.”

Harare City have had an indifferent season which saw them sit just above the relegation zone with 34 points from 29 matches.
Philani “Beefy” Ncube’s charges are only separated by three points with Shabanie Mine and cannot afford to drop points at this crucial stage of the season.

—Godknows Matarutse


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