THERE will be more than three points at stake when Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Castle Lager Premier Soccer League teams — Tenax FC and Hwahwa FC — clash at Sakubva Stadium tomorrow (Saturday).
The match starts at 3pm.
There are expectations of a better crowd this time around after the Premier Soccer League late last week finally reverted to the US$3 stadium entry fee from the exorbitant US$10 that they had initially pegged for the cheapest ticket.
Tenax FC were in for a rude awakening after suffering a heavy 0-6 defeat at the hands of champions, FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane during the season opening round of matches played a fortnight ago.
On the same day that the Mutare prison wardens were singing the blues away in Zvishavane, their sister club, Hwahwa FC were also in for a torrid time at Sakubva Stadium where they were massacred 4-0 by Manica Diamonds at Sakubva Stadium.
Accordingly, both teams would want to get their Premiership campaign early back on the rails.
Thus Tenax FC free-scoring striker, Farai Mugumwa said tomorrow (Saturday)’s match against their sister club, Hwahwa FC is a must win encounter.
“It is a must win match. We just have to start collecting points and this must start when we play against Hwahwa FC at Sakubva Stadium on Saturday. I know it will not be an easy match, but that will not deter us from getting what we want.
“Premiership football, just like any other league, is a game of collecting points and the earlier the better. Our aim is to survive relegation and the only to do that is through collecting as many points as we can,” said Mugumwa.
His coach, Shadreck ‘Father’ Mugurasave weighed in saying both teams want to redeem lost pride after suffering heavy defeats in their season opening matches.
“It is obvious that they (Hwahwa FC) want to start collecting points much as we also want to do so. This makes the encounter a bit tricky. It is even more complex when you look at the results that we posted in the season opening round of matches. That only is a source of inspiration for both teams as we get into Saturday’s encounter.
“We will be out in search of our first set of maximum points. We will give it our best shot and hope to get the results we want. The good thing for us is that we have a clean bill of health and all the players are available for selection,” said Mugurasave.
Off the field of play, Tenax FC and Hwahwa FC have been saddled by lack of sponsorship and both teams struggled to meet the affiliation fees expense upon their promotion into the top-flight league.
Addressing the Commissioner Generals Sports indaba held in Mutare recently, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Commissioner General Moses Chihobvu, urged the two clubs need to engage their suppliers to secure corporate partnership.
Elsewhere in the Castel Lager Premiership, Manica Diamonds will be travelling to Bulawayo for a date against Bulawayo City scheduled for tomorrow as well.