Busy weekend for PSL teams


The clash between Motor Action and Caps United set for Rufaro Stadium on Sunday headlines what appears to be a busy weekend of pre-season friendly matches by Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams as they gear up for the impending season.

The PSL has set March 17 as the kick-off date, hoping by that time, disciplinary cases against Hardbody-Tripple B and Harare City-DStv Rangers would have been concluded.

A number of teams have confirmed friendly matches for this weekend.

League champions Dynamos, who are participating in the Caf Champions league, start their preparations with a clash against newly-promoted side Quelaton at Ascot Stadium in Gweru.

Hwange, who finished in the top four last season to win a ticket to participate in the Caf Confederation Cup, leave the country today for South Africa where they have lined up three friendly matches.

Chipangano are set to play Absa Premier league champions Orlando Pirates tomorrow morning before engaging Platinum Stars on Sunday.

The Tenant Chilumba-coached squad, who are using the friendly matches to prepare for their Confederation Cup preliminary round first leg trip to Jamhuri of Zanzibar, will wrap up their South African tour with a match against Black Leopards later in the week.

FC Platinum, who will be making their maiden appearance in the Champions League, are undergoing an intense physical training in Kariba.

The Zvishavane-based side, who face Swaziland champions Green Mamba in the preliminary round, will face Motor Action in the Bob 88 semi-final at Sakubva next week.

However, the peak of the weekend is the clash between the 2010 league champions Motor Action and Caps United.

The two teams, who were some of the busiest teams in the transfer market, will be using the match to parade their new acquisitions.

Motor Action added 10 new players to their squad. The players are Charles Mutero, Jonathan Chitereki, Yves Ebabali, Dominic Mukandi, Morris Kadzola, Misheck Mburayi and the former Highfield United quartet of Ngoni Maviri, Protasho Kabwe, Fortune Ncube and Isaac Madziva.

Caps have already been seen as the early favourites for the championship next season after luring some of the best players in the transfer market. They are expected to parade their new players Chris Samakweri, Luckson Kaisa, Conrad Whitby, Blessing Zabula and Darryl Nyandoro.

Highlanders Rahman Kutsanzira is reportedly training with the Green Machine and might be given a run in the match.