SUNDAY Chidzambwa returned to local football and went on a lean spell at ZPC Kariba, but the former Warriors’ gaffer looks set to keep the power utility side afloat in the top league as his side takes on strugglers Dongo Sawmill at Vengere Stadium this afternoon.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
Without brushing Dongo aside, Chidzambwa says he only needs two wins to remain in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League for next year.
ZPC Kariba are on position 11 with 30 points and the going has been good for Chidzambwa of late, having won his last three league matches and staying in the Chibuku Super Cup until he lost 1-4 in the semi-final to Harare City.
“If we win two more games, we are done, but this is football. Each of the games now is a cup final and Dongo will fight a very hard battle as they want to survive. The better team will win on Sunday [today] Chidzambwa said.
After Dongo, ZPC host Chapungu and then they travel to not-so-safe Buffaloes in Mutare.
The veteran coach was a bit worried about injured Thomas Sweswe, Leonard Fiyado and Limited Chikafa and said the trio was due to pass late fitness tests.
Dongo’s chances of surviving in the league are slim, judging by the way they have performed in the season, with only three wins from 25 matches and a paltry 18 points.
Behind ZPC Kariba by four points are Buffaloes and they take on in-form Hwange at Sakubva Stadium this afternoon as they also plot their survival in the top league.
Both sides are missing their head coaches — Saul Chaminuka (Buffaloes) and Nation Dube (Hwange) — who are assisting Warriors gaffer Kalisto Pasuwa in the second leg Chan final qualifier in Lesotho.
Meanwhile, title-chasers Chicken Inn and FC Platinum clash at Luveve in a mid-week fixture on Wednesday in a match that has the potential of deciding the title’s destiny.
The GameCocks — with 52 points from 25 games — lead Platinum by four points. Highlanders will take their relegation fight to Gweru where they will play Chapungu.