FC PLATINUM are fretting over the availability of Zambian forward Obrey Chirwa ahead of their Castle Premiership football clash against champions Dynamos on Saturday at Mandava Stadium.
Chirwa has been in scintillating form for his club with three goals and four assists in his previous two games.
In the 6-0 rout over Caps United in the final of the Commander ZNA Charities Shield, he single headedly destroyed the Harare giants with three goals and as many assists.
In their narrow 1-0 win over the same opponents in quarter-final of the Chibuku Super Cup, Chola only played 34 minutes before he was stretchered off with a nagging knee injury.
But in those minutes he had already decided the encounter assisting the only goal of the match with a brilliant solo run inside the opening 13 minutes that culminated in his cross being turned in by a desperate George Nyirenda.
However, Pure Platinum Play is set to do battle without his predatory instincts in a potentially explosive clash with Dynamos this weekend.
The platinum miners’ media liaison officer Chido Chizondo confirmed the injury of their Zambian protégé.
“Chirwa is injured. The medical team is working on him and we are waiting to hear from them (doctors),” she said. The Zvishavane-based side has also decided not to hike the gate charges for the weekend match with the cheapest ticket going for $3.
The Midlands giants are on position seven with 31 points, a massive eleven behind log leaders Dynamos who have taken an early three point lead ahead of their closest rivals Highlanders who are sitting on 39 points.
A win against Dynamos this weekend will likely erase the heartache of 2011 where they lost 0-1 to eventual champions DeMbare and lost the league’s ultimate prize on the last day.
In the reverse fixture in Harare, then under Lloyd Mutasa controversially lost to Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium after the champions were awarded a dubious penalty towards the end of the match on May 21. This season, Platinum has beaten Dynamos once on penalties in the Independence Trophy final in Harare and would be looking to complete a rare double.
Dynamos travel to Mandava aware of last season’s pitfalls, where they fell 2-0 in a midweek fixture that almost derailed their hopes for a third title in a row. Infact, Dynamos did not manage to beat Platinum last year, having drawn 2-2 in Harare.
Now under Norman Mapeza, Dynamos are not sure of what to expect, but have a full team to choose from, save for Masimba Mambare who is now likely to complete the season on the sidelines due to injury.