DIVISION One-bound Quelaton have warned Harare City that they will be in for a hiding when the two sides clash in a Castle Premiership football match at Luveve Stadium today.
Report by Fortune Mbele, Sports Reporter
The Tawanda Ruzive-owned Quelaton, anchoring the log-standings with a paltry 10 points from 25 matches, have mathematically been relegated from top-flight football, but coach Farai Sibanda yesterday said they will maintain the tempo that has characterised their recent type of play.
Sibanda said they may be gone, but now is the most opportune time for his boys to market themselves so they remain playing for teams in the Premiership even if the team returns to Division One after a year’s flirtation with the top league.
Quelaton were the first team to beat Harare City 1-0 in the capital in April to register their first win in the Premiership and they hope to complete a double.
One of the players that have been talked about at Quelaton is midfielder Mhleli Sibanda, who has attracted the attention of Caps United, Dynamos and FC Platinum.
Timothy January is out as he is nursing a toothache while their man-of-the-moment Simba Manwere, who pulled a muscle when they drew 1-1 Caps United at Luveve Stadium, could also be out this afternoon.
Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi yesterday said they have much respect for Quelaton, who beat them in Harare and have been consistent in the dying hours of the league.
He, however, said seven of his regular players, who include Edgar Tapera and Raymond Uchena, will not be travelling to Bulawayo as they are nursing injuries.
Some of the youngsters that are likely to feature are Munyaradzi Diro and Challenge Chawapiwa. Harare City are on position 10 on the log standings with 29 points from 25 games.
Quelaton to maintain tempo
“The long layoff might affect us, but we have been playing friendly games with lower division teams. Our tempo will not change and it’s time the players marketed themselves so they would remain in the Premiership. Very few of the players will be returning with us to Division One if we will still be existing.” — Mhleli Sibanda