It's game on

HARARE - With five games remaining, the Castle Lager Premiership resumes this weekend with all focus on title contenders FC Platinum, CAPS United and Highlanders.

League action had to make way for the Chibuku Super Cup quarter-final action last weekend.

Norman Mapeza’s side currently lead the standings with 51 points, one better than second-placed CAPS United.

Bulawayo giants Highlanders are in third place, with 47 points and trail the platinum miners by four points and second-placed Makepekepe by three points.

In reality, with so much at stake, all the three teams are likely to drop points along the way, giving room for plenty of twists and turns.

For FC Platinum, who are chasing their first league title since attaining Premiership status five years ago, the brief is simple.

Win all the remaining matches and the Zvishavane-based side would be crowned champions regardless of what Makepekepe and Bosso do.

The platinum miners’ remaining fixtures are tough, but again they have overcome plenty of obstacles to get this far.

While not being the force of old, Harare City (away), Ngezi Platinum Stars (home) Chapungu (away), Highlanders (home) and Tsholotsho (away) will be no pushovers.

Matches against Harare City, Ngezi Platinum and Highlanders will definitely provide tests for the platinum miners while matches against teams fighting relegation in the case of Chapungu and Tsholotsho are always tricky at this time of year.

But while FC Platinum show no sign of relenting, their rivals CAPS United and Highlanders made a real statement of intent against How Mine and Ngezi Platinum in their last league matches respectively, leaving a firm reminder that this title race is far from over.

United are hoping their late winner against How Mine in their last league match in which they won 3-2 will lift the team going into the final furlongs of a fascinating season.

The Green Machine, unlike FC Platinum and Highlanders, seem to have a slight advantage after they were knocked out of the Chibuku Super Cup which affords them an opportunity to concentrate on the title race only.

The Green Machine will play Border Strikers (away), Dynamos (home), Harare City (away), Ngezi Platinum Stars (home) and Chapungu (away).

It is their match against bitter rivals Dynamos that is likely to prove decisive for Lloyd Chitembwe’s side while matches against Harare City and Ngezi could prove to be tricky as well.

Makepekepe will, however, be hoping that log leaders FC Platinum drop points along the way. 

In contrast, Highlanders seem to have the easiest of fixtures in the title run. The Bulawayo giants, who are fancying their chances of a league and cup double have fixtures against Chapungu (away), Bulawayo City (home), Tsholotsho (home), FC Platinum (away) and Hwange (home).

Matches against Tsholotsho, Bulawayo City represent Highlanders with a perfect opportunity to get some points on the board while games against Chapungu, FC Platinum and Hwange will be a real test for Bosso.

Bosso know they need to win all their remaining matches and hope FC Platinum and CAPS United drop points for them to be crowned champions at the end of the season.

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