A MOUTH-WATERING clash is upon us in Match Day Two of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League when two army sides Black Rhinos and Chapungu square off at Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma this Sunday.
BY MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE
Both sides come into the duel with confidence levels high after Rhinos started life with a 1-0 win over Bantu Rovers away from home, while Chapungu, on the other hand, restricted football powerhouses Highlanders to a goalless draw.
Rhinos coach Arthur Tutani has nothing but respect for his weekend opponents teasing those who doubted his charges’ abilities this season by sarcastically admitting that they are relegation top candidates.
“It is going to be a tough match considering that we are all soldiers and us . . . Black Rhinos . . . we are relegation favourites as has been predicted by many,” Tutani said.
“Chapungu are a very competitive side. They were scoring a lot of goals during the off-season and they have a tight defence as well which was not breached by Highlanders so they are a complete side. That Chapungu are Premiership newcomers is a false misconception because they have been here before.”
Chapungu head coach John Nyikadzino, however, declared his readiness to face their fellow service men.
“We are ready for them. We are training well ahead of the game and we don’t have any injury concerns as yet,” Nyikadzino said.
“We played well against Highlanders collecting a point in that game and we want to improve on that. So collecting all set of three points is high on our agenda.
“That we are playing away from home doesn’t matter as long as we are in Zimbabwe.”
Black Rhinos posted impressive results at Rimuka Stadium last season, only losing to Highlanders 3-0 at the venue, their home from last season largely helped them to avoid the chop and they will hope to replicate that form this season.