Fungayi Munyoro Sports Correspondent
TENAX FC will clash with Manica Diamonds tomorrow (Saturday) in a local derby with ‘Gem Boys’ as Manica Diamonds is fondly known, already flying high following a string of good performances in the league.
Tenax will be seeking to bounce back after the one all draw against Zero One One FC last weekend.
Tenax FC will face a side that is yet to taste defeat in the 13 league matches they have played so far.
This is a game that has all the hallmarks of a thriller as the two teams have different backgrounds going into the game.
Manica Diamonds, are top of the ZIFA Eastern Region Division One League table, six points above second-placed Tenax FC who have managed to gather 29 points while Buffaloes FC is on third place.
Tenax, popularly known asChauya Chikara, need a win over Manica Diamonds to narrow the gap while The Gem Boys need also a win, not only to maintain their top of the table position but also to move closer to the league title.
Although Chauya Chikara will be missing the services of midfielder Promise Mandidzidze and left back Connie Simango who are injured, coach Blessing Madombi declared that his charges are ready to conquer.
“My boys are ready though we are expecting a tough match. We are hopeful that we will bounce back and pick up a win though l must admit it will not be an easy encounter. Last week we drew one all with Zero One One FC.
“We could have won the match but we were just unlucky. We gave away a soft goal after 11 minutes. We managed to equalize in the first half. We missed a lot of scoring opportunities as we struck the post twice in the second half. On Saturday we are coming to compete,” he said. Madombi revealed that he will give way to the trio of Isaac Pitamuja who is coming from injuries, Lee Musteyi who is coming from a long stay back and Simon Munemero who was suspended.