Relegation royal rumble at Rufaro

HARARE City, buoyed by their success story in the Chibuku Super Cup tournament, will be looking to continue with their fine form and keep their home record intact when they host army side Black Rhinos in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon.

By Sports Reporter

The Sunshine City Boys have undergone a major transformation since the arrival of Philani “Beefy” Ncube.

They have turned Rufaro into a virtual fortress as they are unbeaten there since. Harare City have faced eight different opponents under Ncube at the stadium in league matches, winning six and drawing two.

The only defeats that Ncube conceded in the capital this term were against Dynamos in his first match as City coach and against Chicken Inn. They were both played at the National Sports Stadium.

And as they face off Black Rhinos this afternoon, they will be looking to maintain their proud unbeaten record at home.

Placed 13th on the 18-team table where the bottom four drop to the lower leagues, Harare City are fighting for their survival in the league, and have to get a positive result in this afternoon’s relegation battle against Black Rhinos.

Their victory over How Mine in the final of the Chibuku Super Cup, the richest knockout tournament in the country, whose winners will represent the country in the Caf Confederation Cup tournament, should give them confidence against the army side.

Harare City will also be looking to recover from the defeat to Triangle in their last league match. However, Black Rhinos too on 11th position on the table with 39 points, have a chance to finish in the top eight and a victory today will bring them closer to that dream.

Stanford “Stix” Mtizwa’s men have chief striker Lot Chiwunga to bank on. The forceful forward is a strong contender for the Golden Boot award after scoring an incredible 12 league goals, just three shy of PSL leading goal scorer Dominic Chungwa of Caps United.

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