COULD struggling Dongo Sawmill become the first team to beat the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League pacesetters at Luveve Stadium this year when the two sides meet today.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
Chicken Inn have been on the rampage in the first half of the season, winning nine of their 13 matches, losing two matches away to Harare City and to Hwange, with two draws, one at Luveve against title chasers Triangle (0-0) and the other against ZPC Kariba (1-1) in Harare.
Dongo, on the basement and likely to return to Division One, have one win in 13 games with eight defeats and four draws.
Their coach Shadreck Mugurasave has all hopes on divine intervention as they make their second trip to Bulawayo tomorrow.
“It is a tough match,” Mugurasave said.
“Chicken Inn have been playing very well. We have been preparing as usual and we don’t have any injuries in camp. You never know what will happen. We put everything in God’s hands.”
The Rusape side has in its ranks skipper Evans Chikwaikwai, a former Chicken Inn player who has turned from striker to defender at the PSL newcomers.
Also at Dongo are Physwell Madhazi, Blessing Dzumbunu, Forward Pfupajena, David Munjeya and Martin Chapachapa.
In their first visit to Bulawayo, Dongo held fellow-newcomers Tsholotsho 1-1 at White City Stadium.
But Chicken Inn, without left-back Devine Lunga, who sustained and injury on national duty on Sunday for the Warriors, look set to stretch their lead on the log table.
With leading scorer Edmore Chirambadare, Mitchelle Katsvairo, skipper Danny “Deco” Phiri, Brian Mbiriri, Clemence Matawu and Tafadzwa Kutinyu under the guidance of coach Joey Antipas, the GameCocks have this year proven to be a force to reckon with.
They lead the pack with 29 points. Triangle are on the second spot with 24. Chicken Inn end the first half of the season away to Caps United.