Black Rhinos will be seeking to vacate the relegation zone when they face off with Black Mambas in a rescheduled Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Rimuka this afternoon.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
Sitting on the 13th spot with 22 points, the same as Monomotapa and Hwange whom they are sandwiched between, a win by Rhinos will see them replacing Hwange at position 12.
But they will have to pray for the coal miners and Monoz to lose or at least draw in their respecitve upcoming matches.
Mambas on the other hand, are just two places above the relegation zone, where if they lose, the army side would come just a point behind them. Rhinos coach Arthur Tutani will miss the services of suspended midfielder Brian Muzondiwa and has a clean bill of health in his side.
“It is going to be a tough game because both teams lost their last matches, so we will be trying to recover. We are trying to avoid relegation and that is what pushes us. If we manage to collect nine points in the next four games, we could survive,” said Tutani.
The attacking experience of Gilbert Mushangazhike and Philip Marufu, who would be complimented by rising striker Brighton Mugoni, could carry the day for Rhinos.
Mambas coach John Ncube is wary of Rhinos’ four-match unbeaten record at Rimuka Stadium since they adopted it in July.
“It will not be easy to beat them in Kadoma because of their rich record there. But we have realistic chances of collecting three points from them,” said Ncube.
Influential midfielder Nicholas Alifandika is out with an ankle injury while Convenience Hungwe is suspended.