Relegation fight hits up
By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor
WITH eight weeks to go before the end of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season, the battle to survive relegation is heating up as six teams, including fading giants Caps United, can go down.
With the battle to be crowned the 2022 champions seemingly now a two-horse race, attention shifts to the other end of the log where there is so much to fight for.
Ahead of the Match Day 27 fixtures, the bottom nine clubs are separated by 11 points.
Whawha, who look set to be relegated, anchor the log with just 20 points, while Tenax is just a point above them, Harare City is on 23 points and Bulawayo City, who occupy the last relegation place is on 24 points.
There isn’t much space between Bulawayo City and ZPC Kariba who are 14th on the log as they are only three points away. However, an inferior goal difference between the two sides means that they will not swap places even if ZPC loses their next match.
Fading giants Caps United are on 30 points and in danger of being relegated if they do not start picking up points.
Six points separate Caps United and Bulawayo City but anything can happen with eight matches still to be played.
Cranborne Bullets and Yadah, who are both on 31 points, seem to have created a breathing space between them and the relegation zone.
The fight for survival continues this Friday, with Herentals taking on Yadah at the National Sports Stadium.
Saturday sees Bulawayo City taking on Cranborne Bullets in a hugely significant match in terms of the Battle to avoid the chop, while two other teams in the same predicament Harare City and ZPC Kariba Square off at the National Sports Stadium.
Bottom-placed Whawha who nearly shocked log leaders FC Platinum at Mandava in the first encounter, meet again for the reverse leg looking for nothing short of three points if they are to start fighting for survival.
The last match of the day will pit Ngezi Platinum Stars and Bulawayo Chiefs at Baobab Stadium in Mhondoro Ngezi.
Sunday sees Caps United hosting equally troubled Tenax at the National Sports Stadium, while Dynamos travel to Vhengere stadium to face Black Rhinos, with Highlanders taking on Triangle at Barbourfields stadium.
The action ends with Manica Diamonds facing off against a Chicken Inn side that has lost steam in recent weeks.