By Don Makanyanga
Harare, September 24, 2016 – ZIMBABWE premier soccer league title aspirants, Highlanders FC go into Week 25 of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League seeking to continue with their purple patch when they clash with Tonderai Ndiraya’s Ngezi Platinum in Bulawayo this Sunday.
The Bulawayo giants are riding high in the local premiership and a good result would put more pressure FC Platinum who go into an unpredictable clash with fallen giants, Dynamos FC at Mandava Saturday afternoon.
Highlanders, who last tested premiership glory in 2006, have registered a string of good results of late, winning four out of four of their last matches.
Despite the good run, Bosso gaffer Erol Akbay is not moved with the recent results but chooses to remain focused on the next coming decisive assignments.
“We just need to be winning games and hope for the best come end of season,” said Akbay after watching his side edging Harare City by one goal to nil to in Harare on Thursday.
The result helped Amahlolanyama to reduce the gap with log leaders to a manageable 4 after the Zvishavane based emerging giants dropped 2 valuable points in a surprise draw with basement side, Border Strikers.
Platinum on its part go into this weekend’s clash hoping to settle old scores with Dynamos who denied them what would have turned an historic league title in their maiden league year in 2012 following an own goal by then skipper Daniel Vheremu.
The Norman Mapeza coached side go into the clash tails up after edging the former champions 1-0 in a Harare match which torched violent scenes outside Rufaro stadium early this year.
Second placed Caps united host How Mine at National Sports stadium knowing any slip up will deny them a league title which had turned elusive since winning two successive titles under Charles Mhlauri 2004 and 2005.
Other fixtures will see hosts Chapungu take on Bulawayo City in Gweru, Beitbridge based Border Strikers make the long trip to take on Hwange at the Colliery, Mutare City host Sunday Chidzambwa’s ZPC Kariba, Triangle entertain Chicken Inn and Tsholotsho take on Moses Tshunga’s Harare City.
Meanwhile, in cricket, Zimbabwe A return to the crease on Monday as they host a visiting Pakistan A side in a One day series at Harare Sports club before the two sides clash in two four-day matches at Queens Sports club.
Athletes will take to the course this weekend in the inaugural Westgate half Marathon while Old Mutual hosts a rugby grassroots development tournament in Mabvuku on Saturday.
In boxing, Manyuchi received a shot in the arm with government launching a fundraising campaign for the boxer ahead of his title defence title set for October 14.
Until last week, the match hung in balance after it had emerged that the venue had been double booked on the same night with Morgan Heritage but show organisers had to pave way for the match with rescheduling the show to an earlier date.