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PACESETTERS Chicken Inn return to Harare this afternoon hoping to end the dominance by ZPC Kariba after playing second fiddle to their opponents since last year.

Coach Joey Antipas said they hope to claim points, in a battle against ZPC Kariba for the first time in their duels, when they meet in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at Gwanzura today.

Kauya Katuruturu will be under their juniors coach Oliver Matava, who has been elevated to the position of interim coach.

He will be assisted by former Lengthens gaffer Paul “Popopo” Chimalizeni.

This follows the dismissal of Saul Chaminuka and his assistant Godfrey Tamirepi this week.

“We have to try and salvage something. We know they have fired their coaches, but the new technical team would be up to task,” said Antipas.

“They are wounded and it would be a tough match.

“Last year they beat us in both matches, but we hope this time we will turn the tables around and get something.

“We had another difficult top-of-the-table clash during mid-week at home, but the good thing is we managed to get a point.”

Antipas said they have found themselves having to handle a lot of pressure associated with being on top of the table.

“The pressure to stay on top is demanding and we have to handle it every week. You also have to keep on talking to the boys to remain level-headed as they are getting attention which they were not used to.

“However, we have a taxing programme, playing three matches inside a week is draining and there is hardly any rest,” said Antipas.

Chicken Inn charmed a lot of neutrals last weekend as they destroyed champions Dynamos 3-0.

Striker Edmore Chirambadare, who netted a brace against the Glamour Boys, will be hoping to get back on the score-sheet after he was blunted by Triangle defenders.

Former Warriors midfielder Clement Matawu has been the heartbeat of their midfield and the unsung hero of the team.

ZPC Kariba interim coach Matava said he was ready for the Gamecocks.

Matava assisted Jostein Mathuthu in 2013 when the team was promoted into the top-flight league.

In 2012, he also assisted Chimalizeni, who then was the coach, when the team was still in the Northern Region Division One Soccer League.

“It would be a tough match against Chicken Inn, but we are preparing and we are ready for the match,” said Matava.

“It is not a new job for me as I have been there in the system for too long.”

ZPC Kariba will be without their inspirational skipper and midfielder Tawanda Munyanduri, who is suspended after accumulating three yellow cards.

The pressure is also mounting on Hwange coach Nation Dube who remains winless as he faces Flame Lily at home.

The coalminers battled bravely for a point in a goalless draw against CAPS United on Thursday, but that might not be enough if they keep struggling to win matches.

Chipangano will miss their striker Evans Rusike, who has been the star of the team, as well as defenders Gerald Ndlovu and Munyaradzi Mungadze, who are suspended.

Source : The Herald

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