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BINDURA United assistant coach Zacks Kataya is confident that his team will stand up to be counted when they take on Mushowani Stars in a top-of-the-table clash World Navi Northern Region Division One soccer league tie at Afdis tomorrow.

The Mashonaland-Central derby is being played on the outskirts of the capital because renovations continue at Mushowani’s home ground in Madziwa.

The top two teams in the league meet in the biggest game so far in Division One and the league’s leadership expects a full-house at Afdis tomorrow for the showdown.

It comes barely a week after league chairman Willard Manyengavana declared that there was very little difference between the standards in Division One and in the Premiership.

It’s a bold declaration and if there is a match that can give us a clue as to whether Manyengavana has a point or he is simply day-dreaming then this is the game.

Gunners, who are sitting on third place and face Chegutu Pirates in an away game, will also be interested in what happens in that game at Afdis.

Gunners are trailing the pacesetters by three points, but have the same number of points as Mushowani, separated only by goal difference.

Powered by the goals of Moses Demera, Gunners are very much in the running and any result from Afdis will suit their interests.

A draw will be the best for them, provided they win in Chegutu, while a loss for either side will see Gunners gaining ground.

Both Bindura and Mushowani have been playing some good football and it’s likely to be a tough match.

Kataya said they have adequately prepared for this match, but warned his charges against complacency.

“The guys are raring to go. We told them from day one that we should not be complacent against every team we are going to play.

“We have already prepared for it from the day we started our season and we are just taking it as a normal game. It’s just like any other game,” said Kataya.

He said tomorrow’s encounter is important in their quest for success and is hoping his team will maintain their pole position.

“We don’t have any pressure at the moment as we know what we want to achieve. Currently, as leaders, we want to maintain our position and the boys know we have to collect maximum points.

“It’s not going to be a problem because we have been playing better away.

“The players, the technical team and the supporters know it’s an important game. Yesterday (Wednesday) the director (Ishmael “Pablo” Jack) and the Bindura town clerk visited the team after training to address the players.

“So, the players know it’s very crucial to win and they knew from the day we went on top that we want to maintain that. Since we went on top, we have not dropped, we did it in Division Two and we want to do it again,” Kataya said.

The Bindura United assistant coach added that they are also relying on their supporters to come in their numbers and cheer the team on.

“In this game, the points are for the supporters because they have been waiting for this match and they have promised to come in full force.

“I watched Mushowani training and we also watched their game last week against Twalumba so I think we have done our homework in terms of the preparations,” said Kataya.

Bindura will be pinning their hopes on players such as veteran forward Daniel “Magrease” Kamunhenga.

In other matches to be played tomorrow, Gunners lock horns with Chegutu Pirates who return to Pfupajena after a three-match home ban.

Source : The Herald