HARARE – Monomotapa were left needing a miracle to survive relegation after they fell 3-1 at the hands of fellow relegation candidates Black Mambas at Morris Depot on Saturday.
The cash-strapped 2008 Zimbabwe champions need to win their last three games of the season and also hope Black Rhinos and Black Mambas drop points, if they are to survive the dreaded chop.
They seat third from bottom with 26 points whilst Mambas remained in 12th place with 35 points.
The police outfit took their chances through first half goals from Nicholas Alifandika and Innocent Nyoni.
Monoz pulled one back through Godknows Murwira in the 71st minute but Tsepo Ranthokaone made the three points safe for the home side after coming pouncing on a rebound to beat Monoz goalie Fedias Chifamba in the first minute of added time.
Monoz coach Biggie Zuze admitted his side was now walking on a tight rope and their chances of survival were now slim.
The former Zimbabwe champions have been reeling from lack of sponsorship for the better part of this season with players reportedly having gone unpaid since March.
Their woes were compounded after their team bus was taken by creditors.
“It’s very disturbing what is going on at Monoz sometimes we don’t practise sometimes we practise twice a week, it’s disturbing but we have to soldier on,” Zuze said.
“I’m very happy with the attitude this players have shown me despite everything that is happening they are still putting everything.
“Honestly it’s hard to motivate players when the situation is like this. But in this match I feel we should have done better. We needed this win to close the gap with teams in front of us but we just made life difficult for ourselves.”
Mambas assistant coach Martin Bonongwe said the victory did not mean they were safe.
“We are not yet safe from relegation but the win today will ease our relegation fears.”