Bulawayo- Struggling Harare giants Dynamos and Shabanie Mine are aiming to pick maximum points in potentially explosive rescheduled Castle Lager Premier Soccer League matches when they clash with Caps United and Highlanders respectively.
Inconsistent Highlanders travel to Maglas Stadium where they face the under siege Chinda Boyz who are sinking in the murky waters of relegation.
Shabanie Mine will be hoping to turn their fortunes by collecting maximum points in a bid to avoid a quick return to the second tier Division One league.
Highlanders are on 43 points, five points behind a top four placing on the current log standings.
Shabanie have endured a 14 match winless streak with eight defeats and six draws and a defeat on Sunday might confirm their exit with their last win in May when they beat Bulawayo Chiefs 2-1 at Maglas.
Shabanie Mine coach Alexio Sigion hopes his team’s impressive history with bigger teams will favour them on Sunday.
“We have done well with big teams and we hope to continue that way with Highlanders. They have to come prepared and if they underrate us they will be shocked. We are not where we want to be on the log and we will continue fighting relegation till the last match of the season,” he said.
On the other hand, Highlanders who has lost five of their previous seven league matches will be hoping to end the season on a high note and a possible top four finish after they were booted out o0f the Chibuku Super Cup, which was their last hope for silverware.
Speaking to members of the media on Thursday Bosso gaffer Madinda Ndlovu said his youngsters should finish strong and play for their contracts next season.
“We are now at a stage where players have to play for their jobs and contracts for the next season. We have to finish strong and build a team, we can’t continue going on with the rebuilding mantra,” he said.
Bosso are already preparing for the next season and yesterday confirmed the re-engaging of striker Prince Dube and former Bantu Rovers’ star Bukhosi Sibanda, putting to sleep confusion over Dube’s future after the forward was linked with a move to champions FC Platinum.
The two players have been training with Bosso for over a month now after failed adventures in South Africa.
Relegation-fighting Dynamos are not safe from the chop and face their traditional rivals Caps United on Sunday at Rufaro and will be banking on their Chibuku Super Cup boost after they beat Herentals in the quarter-finals last weekend.
Addressing members of the media on the sidelines of a training session this week Dynamos coach Lloyd Chigove said his squad has been working hard and are ready to do battle against their perennial rivals.
“We have worked very hard this week. We are training twice a day and also working on the boys’ mental strength before we face our traditional rivals Caps United. I respect Caps United but on Sunday we are out to get results,” Chigove said.
Controversial striker Denver Mukamba who went AWOL, again, last week, reported for training this week but Chigove said he (Mukamba) is not guaranteed to play on Sunday.
“Denver came back to work and said he was away attending to a family bereavement. He joined the rest of the team for training but I can’t say he will be part of the team that plays against Caps United. We will do with players that we have been working with and moreso Denver will be a demoralising factor on those who have been putting in work and eager to represent the team,” said Chigove.
Caps United who are seated on fifth position on the current log standings will be hoping for respectable top four finish and might upset Dynamos and sink them deeper into the relegation zone.