FC PLATINUM resume their Castle Premiership campaign tomorrow when they roll into Harare for a date with Motor Action, with Tendai Chikuni, once again, in charge following the departure of head coach Tennant Chilumba last week.
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It’s not the first time that Chikuni has been at the helm at Platinum as he took charge of the Zvishavane-based outfit after they parted ways with Rahman Gumbo last July, leading the team to seventh position on the log at the end of the season.
Now Chikuni has to deal with yet another departure on his technical bench after Anderson Phiri followed Chilumba to Power Dynamos in Zambia.
Platinum are in position five, seven points behind log leaders Highlanders with two matches to the end of the first half of the season.
Platinum, with some of the best players in the land, have not won in the last five matches — losing to Hwange 0-1 and 2-1 to Caps United with three draws against Bosso, Monomotapa and Harare City.
Chikuni must start collecting maximum points for Platinum tomorrow against the battered Mighty Bulls if he is to win the hearts of Platinum bosses, who appear in no hurry to find a new coach to replace Chilumba.
Buoyant Shabanie Mine, who have stuck to Luke Masomere after three straight wins against Rhinos (home), Buffaloes (away) and How Mine at home, also travel to Harare tomorrow where they take on police side Black Mambas at Morris Depot.
Shabanie on position eight with 17 points, take on Mambas who before the break, lost two matches in Bulawayo, 1-0 to Bosso and 2-0 to Chicken Inn and are hard-pressed for a win to stay safe from the relegation zone.
Nation Dube’s Hwange, whose good spell was stopped by Bosso with a 0-1 defeat at home just before the break have another tough assignment tomorrow when they also head to the capital for Caps United at the National Sports Stadium.
Before losing to Highlanders, Chipangano held Monomotapa to a goalless draw in Harare, beat FC Platinum away from home and also subdued Tripple B at the Colliery but still perch in an unenviable position on the log table just above Tripple B, Rhinos, Motor Action and Triangle. They are only four points adrift of basement side Tripple B. Pacesetters Bosso and champions Dynamos resume their league campaigns with Chicken Inn and Buffaloes respectively.
Tomorrow: Black Mambas v Shabanie Mine (Morris Depot), Highlanders v Chicken Inn (Barbourfields), Buffaloes v Dynamos (Sakubva), Black Rhinos v Tripple B (Rimuka), Caps United v Hwange (National Sports), Motor Action v FC Platinum (Motor Action)
Thursday: How Mine v Triangle (Luveve), Harare City v Monomotapa (Rufaro)