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ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka says he has been surprised by the way his team’s flying start to life in the Premiership. The Premiership newcomers had a difficult off-season in which their preparations were severely compromised as they were not sure whether they were going to participate in the league or not.

But after six games in their maiden campaign, they remain one of the two teams unbeaten following a 5-1 rout of Triangle at the weekend.

With 12 points from three wins and three draws, they are only separated by goal difference at the top of the table with giants Highlanders, who thrashed CAPS United 4-0 at Barbourfields.

The two unbeaten teams meet in a blockbuster encounter in the capital this weekend. Chaminuka remains a humble man and yesterday attributed the run to a g fighting spirit in his team.

ZPC Kariba have been on the road most of the times, playing their home games in Harare, 300km away from their base.

“I believe the hand of God is at work here. It has been difficult and I also want to give credit to the group that I am working with,” said Chaminuka, whose technical team includes team manager, Partson Ndabambi, who is a strategist.

“We have hardly found time to rest and, as painful as it has been, these guys have given their all.

“If I look at these guys I feel for them because I see worn out faces. It was worse last week when we had to play three matches in a short space of time and all the time we were shuttling back home to Kariba and in no time we are back on the road for another trip.

“The fatigue has been too much and I can also feel it as the coach. These players have been stretched a lot but we have no option. The only way out is to rotate them so that they get time to recover.”

ZPC staged a brilliant comeback on Sunday with goals from Pride Tafirenyika, Limited Chikafa, Obey Mwerahari and a brace from Raphael Manuvire to beat hosts Triangle.

Chaminuka said he is hoping for another brave outing this Sunday when they host log leaders Highlanders at Gwanzura. Triangle coach Biggie Zuze was yesterday picking up the pieces after his side suffered a humiliation in their backyard. The Kariba team found themselves having pockets of supporters as Chiredzi FC fans backed their cause on Sunday.

“We are going to the drawing board and see how we can win against Harare City,” said Zuze.

“We were second to the ball, it’s sad that we continue to miss penalties at home and we can’t afford this kind of wastage.”

Some Triangle fans turned on Zuze blasting him for bringing a number of players who failed to keep Monomotapa in the Premiership.

Many booed their team as it was torn to pieces by the rampant Kariba side.

Last year’s surprise packages Harare City continued singing the blues when they lost 2-1 at FC Platinum.

Source : The Herald