CHICKEN Inn forward Kudakwashe Mahachi has been suspended ahead of his team’s league match against Black Mambas at the weekend.
Report by Tawanda Tafirenyika
Mahachi — a key member of the Bulawayo side who are gunning for their maiden championship — was suspended for accumulating three yellow cards and will miss one match.
Also suspended is the Triple B pair of Timire Mamvura and Alec Marime. Triple B will take on basement side Motor Action.
Meanwhile, veteran Harare City defender David Kutyauripo has returned from injury which had kept him on the sidelines for almost two months.
The defender has been in a plaster since injuring his hand during a league tie against army side Buffaloes.
The former Dynamos and Caps United fullback resumed training last week and yesterday spoke about his aspirations for launching a bid to wrestle the championship from Dynamos.
Harare City have a tough fixture against FC Platinum on Saturday.
“It has been painful to be watching on the sidelines for almost two months. I was on top of my game when I got injured and now I have to start all over again.
“It will not be easy to claim a place in a team that has been doing well like this, but it’s all up to the coaches.
“I have the experience and know I will get back into the team soon. The team has been doing well and we are all happy. What is important is for us to stay focused and not lose concentration.”
Mawiwi welcomed the return of Kutyauripo: “He is back in training and is available for selection this weekend. He might play this weekend. It’s good to have him back in the team. It brings competition in the team, which is healthy,” said Mawiwi.
Harare City go into the match against the Zvishavane-based side on the back of a morale boosting win against Monomotapa last week, which extended their lead at the top of the league table to 34 points — three points ahead of second-placed Dynamos.
Highlanders and Chicken Inn are third and fourth, but have the same number of points as champions Dynamos.