Battle for survival intensifies

HARARE - With Chicken Inn confirmed 2015 Castle Lager Premiership champions, the focus will now shift to the relegation fight between Buffaloes and Tsholotsho in the final round of matches this weekend.

The Gamecocks were crowned champions with one game to spare to put an end to Dynamos’ four-year dominance on the domestic front.

Attention has now shifted to Buffaloes and Tsholotsho as they find themselves in the battle for survival as the curtain comes down.

Three teams — Dongo Sawmill, Whawha and Flame Lily — have already been relegated and the final side to join them will be confirmed right on the last day of the season.

Buffaloes occupy the last relegation slot after losing 2-1 to Triangle at the weekend.

Tsholotsho, who also lost 2-1 to Highlanders at the weekend, are one place better than Buffaloes with 30 points.

Tsholotsho, who are playing in the top flight league for the first time will now go into the last game of the season against Chibuku Super Cup winners, Harare City, needing a win to avoid the chop.

Lizwe Sweswe’s charges can still benefit if Buffaloes fail to beat Dynamos in their last match of the season at Sakubva Stadium even if they lose against City.

But if Buffaloes win and they draw or lose to City then Tsholotsho will kiss goodbye to Premiership football.

Sweswe feels they only need to win their last match against Harare City without worrying about what happens at Sakubva.

“We have found ourselves in a difficult situation. But we have to accept it and quickly look for a solution.

“Our chances for survival lie in our own hands,” Sweswe said.

“We only need to win our game against Harare City. That’s the only way we can survive.

“It has been a difficult season for us. We will try and ensure we survive relegation.

“It’s not going to be easy though. We will be facing a relatively good side and we need to be at our best to garner maximum points.”

Buffaloes coach Saul Chaminuka is also hopeful they can survive the chop.

“We still have another day to save ourselves from relegation. Everyone knows what is needed for us to survive.

“It’s a pity we will be banking on another team to do duty for us.

“But the important thing before we can even think of that is to beat Dynamos,” Chaminuka said.

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