The HCSL PANJAP tournament continues this Sunday with teams focusing on securing their places in the next round.
The group stage, to be played in a mini-league format composed of three groups.
Two top teams from each group will proceed to the next stage where winners will be determined with one fixture.
Two overall best placed team will also make the slot to the quarterfinals.
In group A, JCC is on top of the standings with six points, INTERD are second with three points and are separated with goal difference with third placed ZAOGA.
HEC are at the bottom of the group. HEC haven’t earned a point yet with only one game left to play.
Technically all teams in group A still stand a chance to qualify to the next round.
Number of goals scored and conceded will be a major driving factor.
InterD will be facing HEC, while JCC will be facing ZAOGA to complete the remaining round of matches.
In Group B NLCC are leading the log standings with four points.
DOMINION and AIA are both on two points with Mt Hope anchoring the group standings with just a point.
Technically all the teams in group B have a chance to progress to the next round.
Mt Hope will be facing AIA at Old Mutual B while NLCC will face DOMINION at Motor Action Sports Club.
In group C, AFM & SOD are topping the log standings with six points.
They have already secured their place in the quarterfinals.
St Andrews are second on the group standings with three points with a superior goal difference over HCC who are also with three points.
UPPEROOM are anchoring the group standings with no point.
They go to their last match with hopes of winning with a big margin for them to fancy their chances of progressing.
UPPEROOM will be facing HCC at PE lower A while St Andrews will be up against AFM & SOD at PE lower B.
Mt Hope head coach, Derrick Mawire is expecting his charges to put a big performance as only a win guarantees them a ticket to the next round.
“Our boys haven’t scoring of late. We need that aspect rectified if we are to stand a chance.
” Anything besides a win won’t help us to the next round. So I hope the boys have braced themselves up for the challenge.
“We are expecting nothing besides a win,” he said.
However, AIA coach Tafadzwa Maramba will be looking to spoil the day for Mt Hope.
“We are looking forward to enjoying the game of football playing against the favourites.
“There is no where you find a better desire to win than in sport. But we would love to embrace victory beyond competition. We hope to have a positive result but ultimately win souls in the process,” he said.