Relegation fight intensifies


HARARE – An intriguing fight between the Premier Soccer League (PSL)’s bottom-placed teams is on the cards this weekend in matches no team can afford to lose if they are to survive the dreaded chop.

Bottom-placed Motor Action host Black Rhinos, who are fourth from the bottom as Tripple B clash with Triangle. Black Mambas host Hwange.
All these matches will have a major bearing on the destiny of the team’s Premiership status.

2010 Zimbabwe champions will be hoping to keep their slim relegation hopes alive in their match against Rhinos.

They will however face stiff competition from the soldiers, who will be looking to recover from their weekend’s defeat against log leaders Highlanders at the same venue.

The Kadoma-based outfit put up a spirited fight during the first half before running out of steam after the breather.

Although Rhinos’ form improved since they adopted Rimuka Stadium as their home ground, the army side is still in the relegation zone with 27 points.

Black Rhinos coach Arthur Tutani admits his side’s future looks bleak.

“Our chances of surviving relegation are getting slimmer and slimmer. We now need to win all our remaining matches to survive relegation,” Tutani told reporters after the Highlanders defeat.

Motor Action is coming from a one all draw against Buffaloes.

Although the young Motor Action side is a joy to watch with their brand of passing football, the rookies lack a killer instinct in front of goal.

Meanwhile, Hwange and Black Mambas, who both won their last matches, clash in another survival battle at the Colliery. 

Black Mambas will come into the match with confidence after beating CAPS United 4-1 at Morris Depot last weekend.

The police outfit has mastered the art of surviving relegation in recent reasons.

“We need to concentrate and I can tell you that that we are going to avoid the chop at the end of the season,” Rhinos assistant coach Martin Bonongwe said after their victory over CAPS.

Their hosts, Hwange, are in danger of bidding farewell to the topflight league despite their impressive home record.

The coalminers have collected 32 points and also desperately need to win the bulk of their remaining matches.

Tripple B and Monomotapa will also need to roll up their sleeves this weekend if they are to maintain their Premiership status.

Peter Manoti’s side face high-flying Triangle while Monoz take on wounded Chicken Inn.

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