HARARE – The fate of five Castle Premier Soccer League teams will be decided inside 90 minutes this afternoon as the curtain comes down on another enthralling season.
From as high up as ninth placed Chapungu, who have 37 points, to as low as third from bottom placed Black Rhinos, who have 34 points, no team is safe.
Chapungu face Highlanders needing at least a draw to ensure their safety.
Also on 37 points is Triangle who will need to salvage at least a point when they clash with an equally desperate Shabanie Mine.
Shabanie are 13th on the log with 35 points and a loss for the perennial relegation candidates this afternoon would be the end of the premiership status.
Elsewhere, Black Rhinos have a seemingly routine encounter with already relegated Bantu Rovers.
The Kadoma-based side’s Premiership survival hinges on nothing short of a win whilst hoping results elsewhere go their way.
Harare City, who have 35 points, are also in the muddy waters of relegation.
Masimba Dinyero’s side face Chicken Inn in a must win match.
“All I know is next year we will be playing Premier league,” said Dinyero.
His sentiments were echoed by his captain David Kutyauripo.
“We are here to stay. We have been playing good football and we were just unlucky to lose our first league matches. We have since found our winning formula and it has taken us to the Chibuku Cup final which is a remarkable achievement. This was a tournament that involved all the 16 premier league teams.”
“If we are to maintain our play especially the one we put against Platinum, we are definitely winning our last match. Am not taking away anything from our opponents Chicken Inn, they are a good side but we are leaving no stone unturned to get the result.”
Buffaloes, who are in 11th place with 36 points, also need to get maximum points against Hwange this afternoon to secure their Premiership status for next season.
At the start of the season, Hwange embarrassed Buffaloes 5 -1 at the Colliery and the Mutare-based soldiers coach Moses Chunga feels the game will be more mental than technical.
“The game will be mental and we have been preparing the boys to be mentally strong,” Chunga said.
“Today’s players are less hardened than those of old so this is an area we were focused on.”