Who Runs the City?
Benhlilda Chauruka and Bruce Ngwenya : Bulawayo Chiefs Media
BULAWAYO Chiefs are vowing to continue the recent performance in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer league when they lock horns with their arch rivals Bulawayo City in a derby this coming Saturday at Barbourfields Stadium.
Chiefs will be bubbling with confidence from their last week victory against WhaWha FC at Luveve.
The Ninjas are in pursuit of putting their season back on track, as they go hunting for the second victory in a row for the first time this season. They have recently managed to stabilise their string of bad results and patched it with two draws and a victory in their last three outings.
Chiefs are currently sitting on the 11th position with 14 points, a situation they would want to change very quickly given the squad they have at their disposal and the capability they possess.
Meanwhile it has been a dark season for the other end of town, Bulawayo City has only managed to get 6 points from 12 games and are currently rooted in the PSL log standings.
They have been defeated 8 times in the league, joint with last week Chiefs victims WhaWha and have only managed one victory that came as a surprise against Highlanders.
Saturday will be hosting the two sides for the third time, with the first time in 2018 being a one all draw and the reverse fixture Chiefs having the last laugh with a 4-1 score.
The match promises to bring out fireworks as both teams have got different agendas to fulfil, never mind the three points at stake.
Chiefs head coach Nilton Terroso is delighted to have his captain Malvin Mkolo back when his side face their arch rivals.
The skipper missed their previous game when Chiefs beat Whawha FC by a single goal to nil. This comes after he earned three yellow cards in three consecutive games.
Terroso acknowledged that the session has reached the phase of being tough and the players are going through a lot of injuries.
“We have the return of McCool of course who was suspended last game, we are getting to that point of the season where I think we have got a few knocks and niggles in terms of players” said Terroso.
Derbies are not a walk in the park, every team brings their “A” game to the contest, eager to show who runs the city. Last week, City gave Chicken Inn a good run for their money as the league contenders had a slender win against the Municipal side.
Chiefs still back up their guns in terms of approach and the preparation of the match irregardless of their opponents and the game’s magnitude.
“Nothing changes, irregardless who the opponent is we prepare the same way, we strategise the same way and ultimately the objective is always to win” said Terroso.
It is less than 24 hours to go to the Bulawayo derby, will the Barbourfields nets be able to hold the shots of the day or the goal drought of the derby syndrome will have the final say, only time will say.