BLACK Rhinos assistant coach Matsika Ndega has declined to speak on the club’s chances of winning promotion into the Premier Soccer League, despite the army side needing just three points from the remaining four games to secure a return to the top flight.
Report by Henry Mhara Sports Reporter
Rhinos, 11 points clear at the top of Zifa Northern Region Division One league table, host third-placed ZPC Kariba at One Commando tomorrow. An outright win for the home team will see them returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2007.
Rhinos can still be crowned Northern Region champions with a draw against the Kariba-based side should second-placed DStv Rangers drop points at home to JMC tomorrow.
A win for Rhinos will see the club reaching an unassailable 62 points. Rhinos lost the reverse fixture 3-2 against ZPC Kariba, thus Matsika is cautious.
“ZPC Kariba is a good team and we will not take them for granted. They beat us in Kariba, so we will be out for revenge. If we continue to play the way we have been doing in the past few weeks, I don’t see them stopping us. It will be good for us to win the league at home and with three games left to play,” added Matsika.
Rhinos will be without influential midfielder Walter Masenda who is down with an ankle injury, but in Clarence Zimbawo, the army team has found a perfect replacement.
Zimbawo scored Rhinos’ opener against fellow army side Blue Jets last week before the league’s top goal-scorer Lazarus Muhoni scored his 14th goal of the season to put Rhinos 90 minutes away from promotion.
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