Kiglon Bird, who were left with only one first team player, are on a rebuilding mission. DeMbare had initially indicated that they were not going to take part in the league opener as they had four players on national duty with the Warriors in Bamako, Mali but have since changed their position.
They will miss the services of number one shotstopper Washington Arubi, Guthrie Zhokinyu, Denver Mukamba and Archford Gutu.
Mutasa will have a chance to try other combinations as he has a pool of players that have shown great enthusiasm each time DeMbare has played.
Kiglon Bird head coach Rodwell Dhlakama has Tsungai Mudzamiri from Gunners, Danger Fourpence and Yves Ebabali, both from CAPS United.
Another promising encounter will be in Bulawayo where a number of Bosso fans are tipping Highlanders coach Mkhupali Masuku to take off from where he left last season when they take on Shabanie Mine at Barbourfields.
Masuku took over as Bosso caretaker coach from Egyptian Mohammed Fathi with 12 matches to go while the team was number nine on the log standings and facing relegation.
He managed to win 10 times and drew twice as he took his club to a third position finish.
It will not be the first time Bosso meets Shabanie Mine this season.
They beat the asbestos miners 4-1 in a friendly match at the same venue four weeks ago.
Despite losing a number of senior and influential players to other clubs, Bosso still has that touch which saw them finish third last season.
Bosso has so far lost to DeMbare who beat them 1-0 in the Hexagon Challenge Trophy. DeMbare had Mukamba to thank after he scored straight from a corner kick. Bosso have a mobile midfield but lack teeth upfront after the departure of Menard Mupera and Francis Kanda who joined FC Platinum.
Coal miners, Hwange, will welcome Gunners at the Colliery, with Masvingo United, now under the guidance of nomadic Luke Masomere, hosting Taurai Mangwiro’s Monomotapa at Mucheke.
It will be interesting because Mangwiro was formerly the Masvingo United coach.
A number of clubs have beefed up their squads ahead of the new sponsored soccer season, which might cause a lot of surprises in the league.