Twaliki backs Mutare City to survive

MUTARE - Mutare City Rovers goalkeeper Victor Twaliki is confident that his side will not finish the league as one of two bottom clubs as they prepare to face Harare City in a tricky but must-win encounter tomorrow.

Speaking on the sidelines of their training session at Sakubva Stadium yesterday, Twaliki said he is encouraged by their performances in the second half of the season.

“Since I joined the club towards mid-season, we have only lost two of the 11 games that I have featured in. Our home form has greatly improved as well. We have been scoring and grinding out very important results,” Twaliki said.

The expressive former CAPS United and Shabanie Mine shot stopper also said the team was at full strength as the long break has helped his injured teammates to recover.

“Everyone is back in full training and the coaches have a full-strength squad to pick from,” he said.

The Mutare municipal police side is currently sitting second from bottom with 25 points from 28 games.

Magusha dropped back into the relegation slot before the international break when they lost 2-0 to Dynamos while Tsholotsho defied odds to beat Highlanders.

The two teams are now separated by a single point with only two games to go before the season ends. 

With Border Strikers already relegated, it is now a two-way battle between Rovers and Tsholotsho to see who will be the second team to go down.

Twaliki, who has caused some anxious moments for the Magusha fans with his antics, believes they will remain in the top flight come next season.

“We have everything we need to get us positive results and we will not be looking at other teams at this moment but are only focusing on our games,” he said.

Even if Rovers secure the required points to move out of the relegation zone, their efforts might be in vain since there is discord between the Premier Soccer League and Zifa.

Initially, only two teams were supposed to be relegated at the end of this season while the four champions from the second tier leagues would battle it out in play-offs.

However, at last month’s Zifa Annual General Meeting, councillors voted to scrap the play-offs and relegate four teams.

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