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DSTV Rangers coach Elvis “Chuchu” Chiweshe says this afternoon’s match against Karoi United at Chikangwe is a must-win tie as pressure continues to mount on the seasoned gaffer. Chiweshe and his men are in Mashonaland West for a tricky World Navi Northern Region Division One soccer league tie. The Harare side are yet to win a match in six games and Chiweshe yesterday said they needed to get their campaign back on track by collecting maximum points at Chikangwe.

“I think our game is a must-win to us because we need to get three points because if you look at the log, our position is not good,” said Chiweshe.

“It’s going to be tricky game, especially given that we are playing away from home, but as long as we are playing within Zimbabwe we don’t say we are playing away.

“I am just praying that officials give us a good game so that we can also put maximum effort into the game. I am looking at winning this game because we really need these three points.

“I always tell them that this is a game of football, it’s not yet late because the season is still young and they can still up their game and do better.”

In other matches set for today, newboys Seven Flames take on Starbill at Rufaro and coach Kudakwashe Matuwi is not worried about their heavy defeat at the hands of Black Mambas last week.

The newboys were walloped 0-6 by Mambas with their defence being overwhelmed by the pace and trickey of Nicholas Alifandika and his teammates.

Matuwi said they have corrected their mistakes but admitted that it’s not going to be easy to respond from such a mauling.

“As you know it’s hard because we are coming from a defeat but we are well prepared and hoping to come back and win,” said Matuwi.

“We were away and the margin isn’t fair on us because we played well.

“It’s only that there are areas we needed to work on and we have corrected those areas.”

The Seven Flames coach said they know what to expect going in today’s match and believes his side has what it takes to upset their opponents. “Our opponents have experienced players but we are not afraid of them because we have good players,” said Matuwi.

“For me it was a dream start because we started well.

“We were invited just a week before the season started so we had about seven days to prepare for the league because we were preparing for Division Two and you will find that from six games we have collected eight points so I think we started well.

“I had a youthful side in Division Two and they were okay but now in Division One the competition is a bit high and I think they are doing well.’

Seven Flames will be missing four of their key players due to injuries and suspension but Matuwi remains optimistic.

“We have two injury concerns – Kudakwashe Hamukwadi and Isaac Njelele,” said Matuwi. We also have two red cards meaning selection is now restricted but those that are available can cover, they are equally good. It’s only that these are regular players.”

Seven Flames are eighth on the table while Starbill, who have dreams of being champions, are seventh on the table.

Starbill have a number of experienced players and won their previous game 3-0 against Royal Classics.


Flame Lily v Mushowani Stars (Chikurubi), ZRP Morris v Blue Swallows (Morris Depot), Karoi United v Dstv Rangers (Chikangwe), Yadah Gunners v Commando Bullets (Lafarge), Royal Classic v Lake Harvest (Tsungubvi), Seven Flames v Starbill (Rufaro), Twalumba v Black Mambas (Dzivarasekwa), Bindura United v DC Academy (Chipadze), Ngezi Platinum v Chegutu Pirates (Baobab).

Source : The Herald