BLACK Rhinos coach Arthur Tutani believes ZPC Kariba are not unstoppable as the army side host the debutants in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Rimuka Stadium this afternoon.
The army side has started the season terribly, winning just two matches and losing five in the seven matches played in the campaign so far.
They are fourth from the bottom with only six points and desperately need a win to move out of the relegation zone.
Tutani admitted he was aware of the sound of knives being sharpened as the team staggers from one defeat to another.
He is, however, putting on a brave face ahead of the tie against ZPC Kariba who are still unbeaten since the season started.
“Yes, we are meeting a team that is still unbeaten in the league, but who said they will finish the season without a defeat? We believe every dog has its own day. We know it will be difficult, but we really need some points. All is not well for us,” Tutani said.
“We have prepared well for this match. We have done everything and are just hoping the guys will do it on match day. I am praying hard that we win this match,” added Tutani, who reported a clean bill of health in his camp.
“From day one, we have not been affected by injuries. We will have all our players for this match,” he added.
The army side will also be welcoming back Wonder Kapinda who has been with the Warriors in Tanzania where they [Warriors] fell 1-0 to the hosts in a first round, first leg of the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
ZPC coach Saul Chaminuka also predicted a tough encounter.
“Black Rhinos have not been playing well and obviously they will be looking to recover. It’s one of the toughest matches we are facing, but we will have to try and come up with maximum points,” Chaminuka said.
ZPC are yet to taste defeat since the start of the season. They are in fourth place with 13 points — the same as Bulawayo giants Highlanders — after winning three matches and drawing four.
Hwange, who make the trip to Chapungu, are leading the league table with 14 points, the same as Buffaloes, who trail behind because of an inferior goal difference.