DY­NAMOS IN DAN­GER Rel­e­ga­tion fight, only three teams safe

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

ONLY the top three teams on the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship ta­ble FC Plat­inum, Caps United and High­landers are guar­an­teed of topflight foot­ball next sea­son, go­ing into Week 24 fix­tures to­day and to­mor­row.

FC Plat­inum on 47 points, Caps United (46) and High­landers (41) have gone past the magic num­ber 40, which guar­an­tees safety.

Although it may seem un­think­able that for­mer cham­pi­ons Dy­namos can ac­tu­ally face rel­e­ga­tion, math­e­mat­i­cally DeMbare are not safe on 35 points from 23 games.

With seven matches to go, Dy­namos need to up their game to se­cure enough points to sur­pass the 40-point mark. Their form has not been con­sis­tent with their sta­tus and they need to start win­ning from this af­ter­noon’s clash against sec­ond from bot­tom side Tsholot­sho at Ru­faro Sta­dium.

Tsholot­sho presently sit on 19 points and can end the sea­son on 40 points in the event that they win their re­main­ing seven matches.

Dy­namos are un­der pres­sure to per­form fol­low­ing a 1-2 loss to High­landers in their pre­vi­ous league en­counter at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium two weeks ago.

DeMbare also suf­fered a morale-shat­ter­ing loss to How Mine in the Chibuku Su­per Cup at Ru­faro Sta­dium and will be un­der pres­sure to end the tur­moil in their camp.

On the other hand, Tsholot­sho ejected Caps United from the Chibuku Su­per Cup in Harare at the week­end and go into to­day’s tie with their tails wagging. Coach Lizwe Sweswe be­lieves the pres­sure Dy­namos are un­der could be good for his rel­e­ga­tion bat­tling side.

“What they’re go­ing through may be good for us be­cause they’re des­per­ate for a win and may overdo things re­sult­ing in them mak­ing some mis­takes. For us, it’s about main­tain­ing con­sis­tency and the play­ers now un­der­stand that they’re the main ac­tors in this sur­vival bat­tle. We’re go­ing to Ru­faro with vic­tory on our minds,” said Sweswe.

Although Sweswe is con­fi­dent they’ll sur­vive the chop, their re­main­ing fix­tures, start­ing with to­day’s game, are not easy games.

Af­ter to­day’s trip to Harare, Tsholot­sho will host Harare City be­fore trav­el­ling to Ngezi Plat­inum Stars. They then face Cha­pungu, High­landers and Bu­l­awayo City in Bu­l­awayo, and end their sea­son’s cam­paign in Zvisha­vane against FC Plat­inum.

“It’s tricky but pos­si­ble. We have to show char­ac­ter and prove that we de­serve to be in the elite league,” Sweswe said.

Mutare City, who are just a point above Tsholot­sho on 20 points, also be­lieve they can es­cape the chop.

Mutare City could end the sea­son on 41 points if they win their re­main­ing games, but just like Tsholot­sho, they have to spring shock­ers along the way.

ey are left with four away games to Chicken Inn, How Mine, Dy­namos and Ngezi Plat­inum, as well as home ties against ZPC Kariba, Border Strik­ers and Harare City.

To­mor­row, Mutare City face cham­pi­ons Chicken Inn at White City Sta­dium, an en­counter they’re un­likely to win. Chicken Inn beat Mutare City 3-1 in the first leg and a vic­tory for the cham­pi­ons will go a long way in aid­ing Tsholot­sho’s cause.

“We won’t be rel­e­gated. The bot­tom two teams will go,” said a con­fi­dent Mutare City coach Taku Shariwa.

Bot­tom of the ta­ble Border Strik­ers will need a mir­a­cle to es­cape rel­e­ga­tion. With just 13 points, Strik­ers are un­likely to col­lect 21 points from their re­main­ing seven matches in which they will face FC Plat­inum, Hwange, Caps United, Mutare City, Tri­an­gle United, Chicken Inn and ZPC Kariba.

Their rel­e­ga­tion fate may have al­ready been sealed, as early their next three games are tough as­sign­ments against FC Plat­inum, Hwange and Caps United. – @ZililoR

Dy­namos coach Lloyd Mu­tasa

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