Army sides clash at Baobab


By Courage Nyaya

GOING by the pre-match nuggets from both camps, the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League derby between Cranborne Bullets and Black Rhinos, which will be played at Baobab Stadium in Mhondoro-Ngezi on Sunday, promises fireworks.

It could be a highly tactical encounter, one that could possibly be spiced up by the Cranborne’s appetite to upset the more established Rhinos.

These are two teams that know each other well, not only because they were in the same pool of the Chibuku Super Cup last year, where they played each other twice, but more so because a number of players at Bullets were once in the Rhinos ranks.

Cranborne coach Nesbert Saruchera has his roots at Rhinos where he coached for a number of years.

Despite firing shots in the Chibuku Super Cup, Bullets have failed, at least so far, to replicate the form that saw them reach the cup semifinals and are as winless in the

They currently sit on 17th position with just two points after five games and will be eager to come tops and start the climb up the ladder.

Rhinos come into this match dented by their 2-1 defeat to Triangle last week and will be just as desperate to collect three points.

Coach Herbert Maruwa said he respected Cranborne Bullets, but looks forward to a positive result.

Last week’s defeat has fired them up to come out guns blazing.

“We lost against Triangle, it is a pity, we had the lion’s share of the ball during the game. We are now focusing on our next fixture against Cranborne Bullets, it is not an easy game. It is a big game so basically there will be a lot of action. What I know is the boys are raring to go, it is a must-win match,we respect them as a brother,” he said.

However, Saruchera is optimistic although he is aware of the danger his opponents pose.

“We have prepared well. It is not going to be easy. Rhinos are tough opponents, but we have done our homework,” he said.

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