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Quelaton, Bulls clash

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Premiership team Quelaton head coach Thulani Sibanda says the fear of change in the technical department could impact negatively on his charges against former champions Motor Action at Luveve Stadium tomorrow.

Quelaton are yet to get a point in the league after losing their first three matches and there had been indications Sibanda could be shown the door if he lost to Mighty Bulls.

The Bulawayo team lost the first game 4-3 to Hwange at the Colliery and were thrashed 3-0 by Shabanie Mine at Luveve Stadium before suffering another 2-0 defeat at the hands of high-riding Chicken Inn at the same venue.

“If it is true that this is my last game if we lose as indicated. Then it will be unfortunate that the executive would have created unnecessary pressure on the boys. Motor Action is a team that is doing very well and we have been preparing hard for this match. We will try our best on Sunday (tomorrow). I am happy that the defence showed remarkable improvement last week although we conceded two goals against Chicken Inn,” Sibanda said.

Quelaton chairman James Rugwevera yesterday said the club’s executive was not putting any pressure on Sibanda.

“As an executive, we are giving him time and we are also looking at the depth of the team. We realise there are some boys we brought from Division One, who are not living up to this level of competition,” Rugwevera said.

Quelaton suffered a serious blow last weekend when they had two key players Timothy January and Kundishora Chakanyuka getting injuries. The two have been ruled out of tomorrow’s match and are likely to be replaced by Fortune Nkomazana and Mhleli Sibanda.

Other names in Quelaton are captain Innocent Kutsanzira, Eddie Nkulungo and Tedius Mugumanya.

Motor Action, who donated three points to Caps United after refusing to play at Gwanzura Stadium last week and surrendered the Independence Trophy to FC Platinum in a penalty shoot-out on Wednesday, said they were coming to Bulawayo to collect maximum points.

Head coach Joey Antipas said: “We are still in good shape. We respect Quelaton, who won the Division One league to gain promotion to the Premiership, but we are coming to Bulawayo to collect maximum points.”

Former FC Platinum striker Norman Maroto will be the man to watch at Luveve Stadium tomorrow.
Highlanders head for Mutare for a date with Buffaloes tomorrow while Chicken Inn play Blue
Rangers.

Fixtures
Today: CAPS United v Harare City (National Sports Stadium), FC Platinum v Shabanie (Mandava), Monomotapa v Gunners (Rufaro), Blue Rangers v Chicken Inn (Gwanzura)

Tomorrow: Dynamos vs Black Mambas (Rufaro), Hardbody v Hwange (Ascot), Buffaloes v Highlanders (Sakubva), Quelaton v Motor Action (Luveve)

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