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BOTH Hwange and ZPC Kariba will be without their head coaches when the sides meet in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at the Colliery today. Nation Dube, the Hwange head coach and his assistant Mabejo Njekwa are attending the CAF A Licence course underway at the Zifa Village. Saul Chaminuka, the ZPC Kariba is also attending the same classes and will be hoping that his charges will keep their unbeaten run, at least until the halfway-stage of the season.

ZPC Kariba remain unbeaten after 13 league games and are three points shy of log leaders Highlanders who are on 24 points. Hwange are just a point above their opponents today.

“We are playing matches under very difficult conditions because we do a lot of travelling than most of the teams in the league,” said Chaminuka.

At the weekend ZPC Kariba slugged out a 1-1 draw at their adopted home of Gwanzura against Chiredzi while Hwange lost 2-1 to a rejuvenated CAPS United at the National Sports Stadium.

ZPC Kariba have nine draws from 13 matches and Chaminuka said every point collected was precious for his team because it had been won “on the road”.

“We are virtually always on the road and getting a point along the way means we would have done something and it can only be people who do not appreciate football who find room to criticise,” he said.

While he could not be in Hwange because of the course, Chaminuka said he would be keeping in touch with Kembo Chuma and team manager Patson Ndambambi.

Ndabambi said they arrived in Hwange on Tuesday and he believes their players would have got enough rest ahead of today’s match. The ZPC Kariba team manager said they are equally worried by the high number of draws, but at least they were happy to be among the top eight teams.

“Our objective when we started the season was to get a top eight finish and I think we are still within that reach. It’s only that we exceeded expectations to some extent that people are critical of the draws now.

“However, we hope to play well in all our matches and maybe review our aims at the halfway stage of the season,” said Ndabambi. ZPC Kariba have been impressive with a number of seasoned players like goalkeeper Tendai Hove, Pride Tafirenyika, Limited Chikafa, Tawanda Nyamandwe and Obey Mwerahari.

Star forward Raphael Manuvire is still missing because of injury. It will also be interesting to see how the electricity men will fare without the experienced touch of their coach Chaminuka.

Hwange will see Brain Njovu directing the operations from the technical area. The former Chipangano goalkeeper said everything was well in their camp ahead of the clash against their fellow energy suppliers. Chipangano’s hopes have been boosted by the return of key midfielder Rodwell Chinyengetere who had crossed the Limpopo River to undergo trials with ABSA Premier league side Polokwane City.

The diminutive player did not feature in the losses to Chicken Inn and Makepekepe.

The home side will also bank on the likes of Evans Rusike, Alec Marime, Isaac Masame, Gilbert Zulu, Tafara Chese and Farai Vimisai to redeem themselves. The hosts will be without the influential Chinyengetere and Eric Chipeta who has joined Chippa United.

“For whoever is not there, we have tried to get able replacements for players who are not available,” Njovu said.

Source : The Herald