Chapungu left back Hillary Mugoniwa has declared Saturday’s clash against TelOne in a Ruvimbo Funeral Central Region Soccer League match a must win encounter as it has a bearing on their challenge for the title this year.
Although its early in the season, Mugoniwa feels winning against favourites for the title particularly TelOne and ZPC Munyati will have an effect on the team’s perfomance going forward.
“This is a derby and the biggest in the league this season. Actually there is no match that comes bigger than the Chapungu, TelOne clash this season. So winning such a match gives you the bragging rights of Gweru and the region,” Mugoniwa said.
“It’s going to be war literally because nobody wants to lose such a match, fans in Gweru should come in numbers to witness the best of what the season offers. As Chapungu we know what this match means to us, to our coaches, and the bosses so we are going to leave everything on the field for us to win this match.”
Mugoniwa one of the best left backs of his generation having begun his career with Monomotapa before joining Chapungu in 2014 said they are aware of the responsibility that they have this season.
“This is a watershed season for most of the guys in the team. We were there when the team got relegated from the premier league and now it’s our responsibility to take the team back into the premier league. And also looking at the ages of most of the players, it is high time that we win the title and get back to play in the premier league again. I would want to thank the coaches and the executive for the motivational support they are giving us ahead of this match. As players we are going to do our best to deliver to the best of their whishes.”
Chapungu recalled most of their players who were on loan at other clubs last season as they seek to gain promotion back into the premier league. One of their seasoned players, striker Tineyi Chitora scored a brace against Amazon in the season opener while Leeroy Bernard capped his return to the club from a loan spell at Black Mambas with a goal in that match. Chapungu stuttered last weekend against FC Platinum U19 settling for a goalless draw and would be gunning for a set of three points against the Wi-Fi Boys.
TelOne on the other side warmed up to this big encounter with a 2-1 win over another title aspirant ZPC Munyati last weekend. Tafadzwa Sibanda who had a loan stint with Highlanders back in 2018, scored a brace. TelOne have also brought in former Chicken Inn and ZPC Kariba midfielder Brian ‘Zee’ Juru and ex Highlanders, CAPS United and Dynamos striker Newman Sianchali.
ZPC Munyati have a chance to bounce back from the defeat to TelOne when they host Bishopstone at Munyati stadium while Tongogara who had an emphatic win last weekend away to CM Academy are at home against Shabanie Mine at Tongogara stadium. Dulibadzimu entertain FC Platinum U19 at Dulibadzimu stadium with Kwekwe United travelling to Maphisa for a date against Amazon at Sun Yet Sen stadium. John ‘Senior’ Phiri returns to MSU when his Loss Control side clash against his former club at the Campus stadium. CM15 Academy are on the road to Kwekwe to face Blanket Mine at Baghdad stadium.
Ruvimbo Funeral Central Region Soccer League
Saturday 29 April 2023
Chapungu 15:00 TelOne
Dulibadzimu 15:00 FC Platinum U19
ZPC Munyati 15:00 Bishopstone
MSU 15:00 Loss Control
MSU Campus Grounds
Tongogara 15:00 Shabanie Mine
Amazon 15:00 Kwekwe United
Sun Yet Sen Stadium
Blanket Mine 15:00 CM Academy
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