Highlanders host Shabanie Mine


Championship contenders Highlanders entertain on-fire Shabanie Mine at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday as league action returns with the Premiership title getting slippery for the Bulawayo football giants.

Report by Fortune Mbele
League action had made way for the Mbada Diamonds Cup first round matches over the weekend.

The Kelvin Kaindu-coached Bosso beat Blue Rangers 2-1 in an ill-tempered match in which Ozias Zibande scored a late winner.

Bosso faltered in the title race last Wednesday when they were held to a goalless draw by cheeky Chicken Inn at Barbourfields.

The Bulawayo football giants lead the standings with 47 points from 21 games, one ahead of Dynamos who still have to wait for an arbitration decision in their case against Hwange after the coalminers appealed last week.

Highlanders have been haunted by eight draws, which saw them drop 16 points — in comparison to Dynamos’ eight points — despite a 21-match unbeaten run.

Luke Masomere’s Shabanie Mine are buoyant after three successive wins, beating Monomotapa 2-1 in Harare, Hwange with the same scoreline at Maglas, before bundling them out of the Mbada Diamonds Cup on Sunday with a 1-0 victory at Maglas once again.

Another tough match looms for Bosso, hard-pressed to start collecting maximum points if they nurse hopes of a Premiership title after a six-year drought.

Shabanie Mine are on position three with 38 points from 21 games.

DeMbare face Motor Action at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

FC Platinum, who appear to have found back their winning ways, host Caps United at Mandava Stadium on Saturday, while Chicken Inn head to Morris Depot for a date with Black Mambas.

Troubled Hwange are away once again to Monomotapa at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday, while basement side Quelaton is also away to Blue Rangers at Gwanzura Stadium on Sunday.

Relegation candidates Hardbody host Gunners at Ascot Stadium on Sunday.

Saturday: Black Mambas vs Chicken Inn (Morris Depot); Monomotapa vs Hwange          (Rufaro); FC Platinum vs Caps United (Mandava)
Sunday: Hardbody vs Gunners (Ascot); Highlanders vs Shabanie Mine (Barbourfields); Dynamos vs Motor Action (Rufaro); Blue Rangers vs Quelaton (Gwanzura); Buffaloes vs Harare City (Sakubva)