The small town of Zvishavane will on Friday afternoon explode into a soccer frenzy as Premiership debutants FC Platinum engage neighbours Shabanie Mine in a Castle Premier Soccer League match that is expected to produce fireworks.
FC Platinum, who appeared to be on the roll after winning their first two matches, were brought to a sudden stop by Harare giants Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium last week.
The Zvishavane moneybags lost 2-0 to Dynamos last week, when they were silenced by Martin Vengesayi and DeMbare captain Desmond Maringwa.
They came into the Premiership and registered two straight victories, beating Shooting Stars 2-0 and Monomotapa 3-0 before they were humbled by Dynamos in the capital. FC Platinum coach, Benjamim Moyo, did not seem moved by the excitement of the derby.
“People at times are hyped; otherwise we are expecting it to be a tough match. We just have to put our act together. We are always under pressure from all the teams for some reason or other,” Moyo said.
The reigning Soccer Star of the Year, Charles Sibanda who has scored in each of the two games for FC Platinum, could be the trump card for Moyo in today’s clash.
FC Platinum also have in their ranks gunman Norman Maroto, the Ngodzo brothers Zephania and Joel, Francis Kanda and Thabani Kamusoko.
Whipping boys Shabanie, yet to win a match since the league started, declared war on FC Platinum.
Coach Arnold Jani on Thursday said they were not putting their last three losses in their minds but focusing on this afternoon’s clash.
“It’s a war. Not where supporters or players fight but the game and the better team should win at the end of the day. The three games we lost are a thing of the past and tomorrow (Friday), we are expecting a better result,” Jani said.
The Chinda Boys have in their ranks Tafadzwa Mombeshora, Michael Mageja, Lenon Chisunga, Rowan Nenzou and Caleb Masocha to carry the day for them in today’s clash.