Fungai Muderere in BULAWAYO

IN football, things can change very quickly.

A few weeks ago, reports emerged that Tonderai Ndiraya’s job at Simba Bhora was on the line.

Last week, Ndiraya took his club to the top of the Castle Lager Premiership before the in-form Manica Diamonds, who have been powered by a seven-game winning streak, took pole position.

Ndiraya could take Simba Bhora back to the top if they win their league match against Chicken Inn at Luveve on Sunday, and other results go their way.

“It’s about ambition, the warning was to keep our boys on their toes because we want to win the league,” said a Simba Bhora source.

“We have no excuse because we now have a home and the championship race has shown that there are no favourites and anyone has a chance.

“We should always dream big and keep pressure on the boys.”

Ndiraya’s men will face a stronger Chicken Inn than the one which has been in battles in the last two matches.

Danny “Deco” Phiri is back for the Gamecocks after serving his two-match suspension.

“We welcome back Danny Phiri and George Majika from suspension and injury respectively,” said Chicken Inn coach, Joey Antipas. 

“All I can say is that we missed Danny through his suspension and are glad that he is back and eligible to do duty for us.

“We are happy that Danny’s experience is back. He is a gifted and experienced player. 

“Phiri is an experienced and gritty midfielder who can help us to get our desired results. His absence in our last two games was really felt. 

“He is a hard worker and, as we have him back, we are ready to go.

“We also missed George, who is also an experienced player.” 

The Gamecocks go into their match with 17 points to their name. 

They are three points adrift of Simba Bhora.


Saturday: Ngezi vs Telone (Baobab), Bikita Minerals vs Chegutu Pirates (Sakubva), Herentals vs Bulawayo Chiefs (Rufaro), Arenel vs Yadah (Luveve), FC Platinum vs Hwange (Mandava), ZPC Kariba vs Highlanders (Nyamhunga) 

Sunday: Chicken Inn vs Simba Bhora (Luveve), CAPS United vs Dynamos (Rufaro), Manica Diamonds vs Green Fuel. (Sakubva)

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