John Nyikadzino says he is cognizant of the threat that ZPC Munyati poses to Sheasham’s title hunt and is treating the match with a lot of respect when the two sides clash in the Central Region Soccer League at Munyati stadium on Saturday.
Sheasham enjoys a seven-point lead at the top of the league but Nyikadzino aware of the slip in the last campaign in which they dropped the title to WhaWha on the last day of the season is very cautious going into the match against the Godfrey Tamirepi-coached ZPC Munyati.
“For us, it’s not about facing ZPC Munyati or any other of the so-called high profile teams. We are treating every opponent the same because at this stage of the campaign there are no small games, every game is a big game, and teams have the same threat. You can’t afford to drop points at this stage,” Nyikadzino said.
We have enough respect for all our opponents in the league, we approach every game with the same mindset. All the matches we played were tough so we are also looking forward to another tough challenge against ZPC Munyati. It is my hope and belief that come match day we shall be equal to the task.”
Tamirepi on the other hand is unfazed in facing the log leaders as he is concerned by his team’s standing on the log.
“As the season comes to a close, our target is to end on a high and finish at a respectable position,” Tamirepi said.
“We are preparing for the game against Sheasham like we always do against any other team. We have no special preparation, our target is to get three points in every game and this will be no exception.”
Second-placed TelOne will be hoping to pick up the pieces in their fledging title campaign after dropping two crucial points at home against Loss Control last weekend when they travel to Filabusi for a date against Filabusi United.
Some irate TelOne fans briefly barricaded the team bus from leaving Ascot stadium last Saturday demanding better performances from the players. TelOne is under pressure to win the match and avoid ceding more ground to Sheasham should they get a favourable result at Munyati stadium.
Third-placed Vumbachikwe is away to fourth-placed Tongogara at Tongogara stadium in one of the headline matches in the league this weekend. The two teams are separated by two points and a defeat for Vumbachikwe will see Tongogara leapfrog them into the second position while a win for Vumbachikwe coupled with a drop in points by TelOne at Filabusi will the Gwanda-based Vumbachikwe move into the second position.
Loss Control hosts Beitbridge side Dulibadzimu at Gresham stadium in Zvishavane while Kwekwe United who failed to fulfill their fixture away to Vumbachikwe last weekend are at home against FC Platinum Stars U19.
New Chapungu coach Clemence Zuze said he is hoping for a befitting homecoming show on Sunday in his first home match since taking over the reigns from Moses Chunga when his side hosts Bishopstone who were pummeled 6-0 by Sheasham in their previous match.
“I’ve been here before but this is something more special coming back as head coach. My target is to win so that I also give something back to the fans that will be welcoming back to the club,” Zuze said.
The match between MSU and Paramount United has been moved to Wednesday 20 July to allow MSU to participate at the Zimbabwe Tertiary Institutions Sports Union Games currently on in Bulawayo.