Bulawayo football fans might have to wait longer for the Highlanders-Dynamos first round league match at Barbourfields Stadium owing to the busy national team schedule next month.
The Premier Soccer League goes into week 10 at the weekend and the week five match was put on ice as the champions were involved in the Caf Champions League on the weekend of April 28-29 when they were thrashed 6-0 by Tunisian giants Esperance in Tunis.
Log leaders Highlanders take on city neighbours Chicken Inn on Saturday at Barbourfields Stadium while the Dynamos match against Harare City has been postponed.
There had been wide unofficial indications that the match would be played on Sunday but that could not be due to the Benjani Mwaruwari testimonial match at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday, which attracted football enthusiasts from across the nation to the capital.
No local league matches were played at the weekend with all the week nine fixtures played on Wednesday and Thursday last week.
Mwaruwari’s friends from across the globe played the Warriors on Sunday and it was a good test match for Rahman Gumbo’s troops ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Guinea at the National Sports Stadium next Sunday.
After the Guinea match on Sunday, the Warriors travel to Mozambique on June 10 for the second fixture.
A few days after the match against Mozambique, the Warriors entertain Burundi in Harare in the second leg of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Highlanders lead the pack at the moment with 22 points from eight matches after dismissing Shabanie Mine 2-0 at Maglas Stadium last Wednesday, opening a five-point lead against Dynamos who drew 0-0 with Motor Action on the same day.
Bosso are yet to lose a match in the league so far, drawing once to Buffaloes in Mutare and winning seven times and finding the net 22 times.
Dynamos have also played eight matches and have collected 17 points, winning five times, drawing twice to Motor Action and Shabanie Mine and losing once to Monomotapa.
The match between the two perennial rivals has been eagerly awaited by the nation’s football fans as Dynamos have a favourable history against Bosso at Emagumeni and expectations are high on who will stop the Highlanders 2012 Castle Lager Premiership juggernaut.
Saturday: Highlanders vs Chicken Inn (Barbourfields); Hardbody vs CAPS United (Ascot); Buffaloes vs Gunners (Sakubva); Monomotapa FC vs Blue Rangers (Rufaro); Black Mambas vs Motor Action (Morris Depot) Dynamos vs Harare City (postponed); FC Platinum vs Quelaton (postponed); Hwange vs Shabanie Mine (postponed)