CHAPUNGU are unbeaten in their last four matches, picking eight points from a possible 12, but their coach Rodwell Dhlakama believes that avoiding a defeat in their match against log-leaders and defending champions FC Platinum would go a long way in their bid to survive relegation.
BY TERRY MADYAUTA
The Air Force of Zimbabwe-sponsored team travel to Mandava Stadium on Saturday to play a team they have lost to in all their league meetings in the last two seasons.
But the former Young Warriors mentor, who replaced Tendai Chikuni in May, who had been fired for poor results, was confident the team’s recent good form will continue.
“We have been doing well and with this form, I think we can go and salvage a point or better. That would be good for us. It is all about working hard and not looking much into unnecessary things and avoid losing concentration at this crucial stage,” he said.
Chapungu have not lost a match in the last four games, winning two and drawing the same number, a form that gives the coach confidence going forward. The eight points that they have gained have helped the side to move out of the relegation zone with 21 points, two clear of Nichrut, who occupy the drop zone cut-off point.
Dhlakama would be even more encouraged by FC Platinum’s form going into the Saturday match.
The champions have picked just one win in their last four matches. Before their last weekend’s slender 1-0 win over Bulawayo City, the Norman Mapeza-coached side had drawn against Yadah FC and Caps United and also lost to ZPC Kariba. But the Zvishavane-based side are desperate to pick points and cannot just afford not to win this one.
Saturday: Chicken Inn v Ngezi Platinum (Luveve), Nichrut v Highlanders (Ascot), Herentals v Caps United (Rufaro), FC Platinum v Chapungu (Mandava), Black Rhinos v Bulawayo City (NSS)
Sunday: Mutare City v Shabanie Mine (Vengere), Bulawayo City v Harare City (Luveve), Dynamos v ZPC Kariba (Rufaro), Triangle v Yadah (Gibbo)