Castle Lager Premier Soccer league returns

By Lawrence Trusida, Sport Editor

THE second half of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer league season kick offs on Friday with Herentals taking on Harare City at the National Sports Stadium.

With the first half done and dusted, the second half of PSL Season is expected to be more exciting with battle of honours being spiced up by the fight for survival at the other end of the log table.

While Harare giants, Dynamos might have made the headlines after spending the better part of the first half of the season at the top of the log table, defending champions FC Platinum are slowly becoming the biggest threat.

FC Platinum had a slow start to their campaign after losing some of their senior players but the youngsters have taken up the mettle with 19-year-old Thandolwenkosi Ngwenya leading from the front with seven goals and five assists.

The Platinum Miners have also been the most prolific team in front of goal, having scored 26 goals and have a strong defence having let in just seven goals only second to Dynamos who have conceded one goal less.

After winning the last three league titles, FC Platinum are a sure bet to be among the teams with a realistic chance to win the league this year.

However, they have to contend with log leaders Chicken Inn who have a lot of experience in their ranks.

The 2015 Champions have in Joey ‘Mafero’ Antipas a proven Coach who has the pedigree to propel the team to glory.

However, Dynamos are Dynamos, and the Harare giants have every reason to believe after amassing 34 points at the half way stage, the first time they have done so since 2007 when they won the league.

After a long time, they are financially stable and the results on the pitch have been commensurate.

The Glamour Boys have a mean defence and with just a point behind log leaders Chicken Inn, they cannot be ruled out for the big one.

Traditional giants, Highlanders and Caps United have to fight another day. 

As it stands, they will just be content with at least making the top half of the log table.

On the other end of the table, Whawha and Bulawayo City, who occupy the bottom two positions, should start getting worried, while ZPC Kariba who are third from bottom will hope their new Coach Rodwell Dhlakama will provide the magic to lift them up.

Cranborne Bullets in 15th position and 10th placed Highlanders are separated by just four points and any team in the bottom half can still go down if they don’t pull up their socks.