GWERU: As the lower division continues to gain traction in the Midlands compared to top-flight football where Hwahwa FC is underperforming, soccer revelers are looking forward to what they have termed a ‘clash of titans’ match as Sheasham FC plays TelOne FC this weekend at Ascot stadium.
The competing sides had a goalless draw in their first leg match at Sheasham Stadium.
Fighting for elevation to top-flight football, Sheasham has 34 points from 10 wins and four draws while TelOne FC has 29 points from eight wins and five draws.
The Construction Boys as Sheasham FC are affectionately known will be on the pitch for the first time after the season break whereas WiFi Boys as TelOne FC are affectionately known have already tested the turf following their victory over FC Platinum U19 side at Mandava stadium recently.
While football has also been associated with juju, spying has instead been on the core for the two contending sides after members of the TelOne FC technical team were in attendance for the Shesham-Filabusi FC match. However, they ended up being treated to warm up as the later failed to turn up. Likewise, Sheasham FC is also said to have traveled all the way to Mandava to study how their main rival is doing on the playfield.
Meanwhile, supporters say TelOne FC has much to worry about the argument that Shesham FC has managed to lure most of their key players following their demotion from the Premiership.
“We have signings from TelOne FC who know how to weaken our opponents. Tatenda Mapiye, Steven Phiri and David Mangezi are all former TelOne FC players. During the season break, we also signed Pride Zivengwa and Tawana Chikore; great players indeed.
“We must also not forget that assistant coach Brian Zingwe was part of TelOne FC when they gained promotion into the premiership. We are destined for a sweet victory as we see it,” Shesham FC supporters union said.
Added Sheasham FC coach, John Nyikadzino, “We are ready for the match. What we only expect is good officiating. We do not expect a repeat of the TelOne FC-Tongogara FC scenario where bad officiating led to a bad ending in a derby.”
TelOne FC coach Tendai Chikuni denied commenting on questions asked to him ahead of the derby.