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IT’S the top-of-the-table clash this afternoon when second-placed Flame Lily host log leaders Mushowani Stars at Chikurubi in what promises to be an explosive World Navi Northern Region Division One soccer league tie. Flame Lily are trailing Mushowani by a point and a win today could see them overtaking their rivals. Nesbert “Yabo” Saruchera, the Flame Lily coach, is confident his side will rise to the occasion, in their toughest assignment this season, and is looking forward to a positive result.

“We just have one casualty. Tatenda Mapfumbidze has a knee injury, but all the other guys are available,” said Saruchera.

“We are playing at home, so we are looking for a positive result.

“We are going to try to use home aantage and the guys are ready for the game.

“They (Mushowani) are doing well and they are on top but they have not played us. We are not afraid of them.”

While Flame Lily have the home aantage but Mushowani are good travellers and are yet to lose a match, at home or on the road.

And that, on its own, will be an inspiration to the Mashonaland Central team.

Their coach, Paul “Popopo” Chimalizeni was upbeat yesterday ahead of this tough showdown.

“As far as our preparations for the game are concerned we are taking the game just like any other game,” said Chimalizeni, who has also coached Lengthens.

“Both teams, Mushowani and Flame Lily, play good football, so it’s going to be an exciting match but I think the best team on the day will win.”

It’s their second straight tough away assignment but they were impressive the last time they were on the road as they beat Chegutu Pirates 1-0 at Pfupajena.

Chimalizeni said that win was important, for their morale, and they were confident of a good run in the championship race.

“We have a full squad to select from so we expect to field the best team for the game, especially after a win away in Chegutu. It was a morale booster for the players,” said Chimalizeni.

Third-placed Bindura United lock horns with DC Academy at Chipadze knowing that a win, and a favourable result from chikurubi, could see them taking over pole position.

Bindura United assistant coach, Zacks Kataya, said their experienced side should weather the storm.

“We have got experienced players such as Clifford Sakara, Admire Masuku and Daniel Kamunhenga and other guys,” said Kataya.

“Some were playing for Mwana Africa and we have been together for a long time since last year but one.

“This year the league is tough, we won 1-0 in Chegutu against Ngezi Platinum but we had to sweat for victory so there is no team to underrate.

“We are playing DC Academy, we know they have been playing in the league for some time, and they are a good side.”

Bindura United have a chance to go on top if Mushowani and Flame Lily draw in their match today and they win but Kataya said they were not looking much into that.

“We are not looking at the other games, if we do that we lose focus,” he said.

“So far our performance is just good, it’s not surprising to us as the technical department because the guys are putting a lot of effort.

“As newcomers we are trying to avoid relegation so we have to win each and every game then next year we go for honours.”

Bindura United have charmed the fans in their town and a big crowd is expected at Chipadze today for this tie.

The club’s leadership have pledged to help in the renovation of Chipadze, as part of their community development efforts, and currently they are working on erecting the security wall around the stadium.

Source : The Herald

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