Castle Premier Soccer League 10-game review

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THE Castle Lager Premier Soccer League closed off Match Day 10 over the weekend with two teams – Highlanders and ZPC Kariba – still unbeaten after the completion of the first third of the 2014 season.

WELLINGTON TONI
SPORTS EDITOR

LOG as at 10 June 2014
  P             W            D             L              F              A             Pts
Highlanders 10           5              5              0              19           6              20
Hwange 10           5              4              1              17           8              19
Dynamos 10           6              1              3              10           5              19
How Mine 10           5              3              2              15           11           18
ZPC Kariba 10           3              7              0              11           5              16
Shabanie Mine 10           4              3              3              13           12           15
Chapungu 10           3              5              2              10           8              14
Caps United 10           4              2              4              9              14           14
Buffaloes 10           4              2              4              8              14           14
FC Platinum 10           3              4              3              14           11           13
Chicken Inn 10           3              4              3              13           12           13
Bantu Rovers 10           3              1              6              8              12           10
Black Rhinos 10           3              1              6              5              11           10
Triangle 10           2              2              6              14           20           8
Harare City 10           2              1              7              8              15           7
Chiredzi 10           1              3              6              7              15           6

The Bulawayo giants, who last won the league title under Methembe Ndlovu, top the standings with 20 points and have scored the highest number of goals this season with 19 while conceding the second lowest of six.

From 10 matches they have played, Highlanders, who drew 1-1 with FC Platinum on Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium, have won five and drawn five, representing 10 dropped points in the title race.

Newly-promoted ZPC, who came off with one point after a 0-0 draw against Bantu Rovers at Luveve on Friday, have seven draws – 14 points dropped – and three wins and are in position five with 16 points, four off the pace.

Dynamos have won the highest number of games – six, drawn once and lost three times by 1-0 scorelines, representing 11 dropped points. After their 1-0 win over struggling Triangle at the National Sports Stadium (NSS) on Sunday – their third 1-0 win in a row – they moved into third place with 19 points.

While the defending champions having been struggling in front of goal, the best they have done is also not to lose and the nine points from their last three games have kept them within pace of the leading duo of Highlanders and Hwange.

Dynamos have quality players in the treatment room which includes the likes of Tawanda Muparati, Masimba Mambare and Anesu Gondo. Rodreck Mutuma will be registered on July 1 together with Democratic Republic of Congo striker Fabrice Mbimba.

Hwange are second with 19 points after a 1-1 draw against Chiredzi FC on Saturday, but have also dropped 11 points from four draws and one loss, in the process scoring the second highest number of goals so far-17.

How Mine occupy fourth place after their 0-0 draw against an improving Harare City on Saturday in Bulawayo. Philani Ncube’s side have won five, drawn three and lost their opening two matches and have 18 points.

Saturday’s draw was the first game that the country’s leading scorer Kuda Musharu had failed to hit the target. He has eight goals in nine matches having missed one game of the season when he went for trials at South Africa Absa Premiership side AmaZulu.

He scored six goals in the Caf Confederation Cup.

Perhaps, the biggest surprise of the season, so far, is that FC Platinum and Harare City are outside the top eight.

Platinum have managed only three wins-their biggest being the 4-0 thumping of Triangle two weeks ago and they are yet to win away this season. They have drawn four times and lost three, leaving them in 10th position with 13 points.

Harare City, fractured by leadership struggles between former chairman Leslie Gwindi and then secretary Tarisai Kwenda, are languishing in 15th place after just two wins. City’s Bigboy Mawiwi was named the coach of the year last season, but has failed to rise to expectations

They have lost seven times, scored only eight goals, with three of the goals coming from the 3-1 win over Black Rhinos that almost let to the resignation of coach Arthur Tutani.

Referees

On the referees’ side, Ruzive Ruzive has been in the spotlight after two decisions. The first was when he awarded a ghost goal to Black Rhinos in their 2-1 win over Chiredzi at Rimuka in April and the penalty to Dynamos in their 1-0 victory over FC Platinum at the NSS.

But it has been a largely good performance from the match officials, although coaches will always have their reservations about “home town” decisions.

SuperSport

On television coverage, SuperSport has made it clear that they want to beat last year’s 53-games tally and have been up and about the whole country so far.

Although, they are yet to cover Hwange at the Colliery and Buffaloes at Sakubva, but have managed to be in Chiredzi, the Midlands, which has three teams, Bulawayo and Harare, bringing the total number of games covered so far to 20.

According to PSL chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele, SuperSport will, this Thursday, cover the Buffaloes-How Mine match at Sakubva before travelling to Harare 24 hours later. On Saturday, they will be at the NSS for the Caps United-Shabanie Mine tie and on Monday will cover the Harare City-Bantu Rovers tie.

Week 12 will bring the biggest match of the first half of the season which will feature Dynamos and Highlanders at the NSS.

Coaches

Moses Chunga seemed to have quit on Saturday at Chiredzi FC claiming that he could not work with the Charles Muchatukwa-led executive. This followed the “disappearance” of $4 000 in gate takings from the Dynamos home match and the failure by the club’s leadership to pay the players their signing-on fees and salaries.

But like his counterpart at Black Rhinos, Tutani, Chunga made a swift U-turn on Monday saying he was not leaving Chiredzi. Instead, he says, the media must reveal to him the sources of yesterday’s story that he had quit.

Tutani had lost 3-1 to Harare City and announced his departure after the match, but he was back on the bench on Saturday as Rhinos beat Buffaloes 1-0 at Rimuka.

Fixtures

Week 11: Buffaloes v How Mine, Hwange v Dynamos, Caps United v Shabanie Mine, ZPC Kariba v Chapungu, Chicken Inn v Chiredzi, Harare City v Bantu Rovers, Triangle v Highlanders, FC Platinum v Black Rhinos

Week 12: How Mine v FC Platinum, Bantu Rovers v Buffaloes, Hwange v Chicken Inn, Chiredzi v Caps United, Chapungu v Harare City, Dynamos v Highlanders, Black Rhinos v Triangle, Shabanie Mine v ZPC Kariba

Top scorers (182 goals scored so far)

8-Kuda Musharu (How Mine)

5-Evans Rusike (Hwange)

4-Charles Sibanda (Highlanders), Donald Ngoma, Qadr Amini (both FC Platinum), Tendai Mukambi (Chicken Inn), Tinei Chitora (Triangle), Dominic Chungwa (Caps United)

3-Munyaradzi Diya, Kuda Mahachi, Ozias Zibande (all Highlanders), Aleck Marime, Eric Chipeta, Rodwell Chinyengetere (Hwange), Proud Zireni (Bantu Rovers), Calisto Maheya (Chapungu), Godknows Murwira, Daniel Chakupe (Shabanie Mine), Ronald Pfumbidzai (Caps United), Pride Tafirenyika (ZPC Kariba), Lameck Nhamo (Triangle)

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  1. I like the analysis as well, many thanks, regardless of the absence of the log. For other teams, I think they are keeping Dynamos too close, which is dangerous. One or two teams should just open a huge gap and make life difficult for Dynamos. At this rate, there is a high chance Dembare can poach a fourth consecutive league cup, largely due to the lack of grit by other teams. Even when on a poor run, Dembare should not fire the coach as that usually results in unintended consequences. Otherwise let us enjoy the game.

  2. excellent analysis, keep it up but next time compliment with a table. l am well informed of Zim soccer although l don’t watch it. l love my team De mbare. We are likely to be champions again. Problem at Dynamos is interference from both within and outside forces. Pasi nezvipfukuto Ku Dynamos!!!!!!!

  3. The real battles are about to rumble and as fans we just hope the man in the middle will not spoil the part come game 11,12,13,15 and 16

  4. Ruzive and Mlindeli must not Officiate Bosso Dynamos game we need fairness please• Godlwayo weBosso

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