PSL race enters home stretch

HARARE - The Castle Premiership resumes this Friday, after the Chibuku Super Cup semi-final action last weekend with three teams in the reckoning for the championship.

With five matches remaining, it seems to be getting hot at the top of the log standings each passing week as defending champions and log leaders Dynamos, second-placed ZPC Kariba and CAPS United all fight for the title.

Just like in the previous three years, the current title race appears likely to go to the wire again.

DeMbare are currently enjoying a two-point lead at the top with 49 points ahead of second-placed ZPC Kariba, who have clung stubbornly to their coat-tails with 47 points while Makepekepe are on third with 45 points.

And a growing body of opinion is backing the notion that the Glamour Boys are favourites to retain their title they have won for the past three years thanks to a run-in which saw them posting some impressive results recently.  

The Glamour Boys’ immediate focus is their home match against unpredictable Chapungu in a match the defending champions need to win to keep alive their hopes of a fourth straight title.

It will be an interesting battle as both teams are fighting for different causes. While DeMbare are in the run for the championship, Chapungu are desperate for three points to ease relegation worries. 

Chapungu currently sit on 10th place with 30 points but are only separated by two points ahead of Triangle, who occupy the last relegation slot on the log table.

Chapungu have been poor travellers and will be hoping for a better performance away from their favourite Ascot Stadium.

ZPC Kariba will be hoping to keep pressure on leaders Dynamos when they travel to Zvishavane for a date against high-riding FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium.

FC Platinum are currently enjoying their best football and Saul Chaminuka’s side need to be at their best if they are to entertain any hopes of coming out with a win from Mandava.

ZOC Kariba beat Triangle 1-0 in their last match.

The Kariba-based club have, however, been dealt a blow as Pride Tafirenyika one of their standout players this season has been ruled out of the match through suspension after picking up three yellow cards.

CAPS United will be hoping to pick up from where they left the last time when they travel to Gibbo to face troubled Triangle.

The Green Machine thumped Highlanders 4-0 in their last league match but they face tricky test as Triangle is battling relegation.

In other fixtures, there is also an interesting relegation battle as bottom-placed teams clash in matches no one can afford to lose if they are to survive the dreaded chop.

Bantu Rovers host Shabanie Mine at Hartsfield Rugby Ground while Black Rhinos welcome Hwange at Rimuka Stadium on Saturday.

Buffaloes have a date against Harare City at Sakubva Stadium in Mutare.

Highlanders, who have lost all their last four matches, will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways when they face Chicken Inn in a Bulawayo derby on Sunday. 

Friday: How Mine v Chiredzi ( Hartsfield )

Saturday: Bantu Rovers v Shabanie Mine (Hartsfield Rugby Grounds), Black Rhinos v Hwange (Rimuka, SS), FC Platinum v ZPC Kariba (Mandava)

Sunday: Buffaloes v Harare City (Sakubva), Triangle v Caps United (Gibbo), Dynamos v Chapungu (Rufaro, SS), Highlanders v Chicken Inn ( Hartsfield Rugby Grounds)

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