FC Platinum face a resurgent Hwange in what looks set to be a tricky Castle Lager Premier Soccer League assignment tomorrow at Mandava Stadium.
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Platinum have collected just two points from their last four games, after falling to two consecutive defeats and two successive home draws.
Hwange are coming from a convincing 5-1 routing of troubled Hardbody and would want to continue with their form, as they try to steer their ship from the relegation waters, while Platinum played a 0-0 derby draw against Shabanie Mine on Wednesday.
Tendai Chikuni, the Platinum gaffer, is quite aware of the extent to which his team’s date with coal miners can be a tricky one.
“We are preparing well for the game and obviously hope to improve from our poor run. The guys are quite aware of the need to start picking points and are working towards that. Hwange are a good side and the match promises to be an exciting one. They are not safe yet from relegation and we want to finish the season in a respectable position,” he said.
Platinum, who held Hwange to a 1-1 draw at the Colliery in the reverse fixture, could welcome Allan Gahadzikwa and Benjamin Marere who missed their last two matches due to injuries.
Chikuni said the two were being monitored by the medical team to assess if they could pass fitness tests.
“Allan and Benji are still out, but they are being monitored. If they are certified fit they will be available for selection and that would come as a confidence booster,” said Chikuni.
Hwange coach Nation Dube said they were looking for positive results at Mandava.
“We are going there to look for good results. We know we are playing a good side, but as long as we keep on collecting points, we are certain that we will survive,” Dube said.
Chipangano, on 30 points from 27 games, could reach a peak of 39 points if they win their remaining games against Platinum, struggling Blue Rangers and Quelaton.