BULAWAYO – Bulawayo Chiefs are on course for promotion into the Castle Premiership after their 2-1 victory over lowly Ajax Hotspurs at White City Stadium on Saturday saw them opening a four point lead at the summit of the log.
The log leaders benefitted from the failure by the chasing pack to collect maximum points after second placed Black Boots were held to a 1-1 draw by New West at Fairbridge while third placed Bantu Rovers were held to another 1-1 draw by Tsholotsho.
Proud Zireni and Tedious Mugumanya were on target for the Amakhosi while Ajax got their face saver through Emmanuel Mduduzi Dube.
Chiefs are now on 59 points while second placed Black Boots have 55 points and Bantu Rovers have amassed 49 points.
Three games are left in the season with Chiefs’ next assignment being a tricky encounter against Bantu Rovers in Plumtree.
Bantu midfielder Makhosi Ncube scored past his own keeper in the first half to gift Tsholotsho the lead at Barbourfields and it took a second half free kick by Nqobizitha Masuku to salvage a point for Tshintsha Guluva.
The relegation dogfight has already claimed the scalp of Rufaro Rovers who anchor the 16 – team log with 14 points and are no longer fulfilling fixtures.
Third from bottom Mkhosana have also thrown in the towel while second from bottom Ajax are still holding on in the hope of staging a miraculous escape.
Results: Technosphere 2 – 0 Ntabazinduna, Bantu Rovers 1 – 1 Tsholotsho,Mkhosana 0 – 3 Quelaton, Hwange 1 – 0 ZPC Hwange, Bulawayo Jumbos 1 –0 Mpumalanga, Black Boots 1 -1 New West, Zimbabwe Saints 3 – 0 RufaroRovers, Ajax Hotspurs 1 – 2 Bulawayo Chiefs