Tsholot­sho in must-win Ngezi en­counter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

TSHOLOT­SHO FC’s right back MacClive Phiri has de­scribed this af­ter­noon’s clash against Ngezi Plat­inum as a must-win if they are to sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion. Phiri, a con­sis­tent per­former for the Zh­wane Boys be­lieves that his side will es­cape rel­e­ga­tion and what is needed is for them to fight hard. ThTh The e for­mer Que­la­ton de­fender is not new to a sur­vival fight, as he was part of the Tsholot­sho side that es­caped the chop in last sea­son’s cam­paign. Tsholot­sho are sec­ond from the bot­tom with 19 points from 25 games, and need to col­lect max­i­mum points at Ngezi Plat­inum, hop­ing that How Mine will do them a favour at Lu­veve Sta­dium this af­ter­noon and beat Mutare City Rovers who are a place above rel­e­ga­tion. Mutare City are on 21 points. “I think what is im­por­tant is for us to keep fight­ing and make sure that we take this fight to the wire. Our sur­vival chances are good and what we must do is try and pick max­i­mum points in all our re­main­ing games start­ing with the Ngezi Plat­inum game. “We know what to ex­pect at Ngezi Plat­inum fol­low­ing our last week en­counter in the Chibuku Su­per Cup quar­ter-fi­nal. An­other thing that mo­ti­vates the guys to even push harder is that ev­ery­one knows that hard work pays and if we’re to sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion you will be sur­prised to see some of the guys leav­ing for greener pas­tures,” said Phiri.

Ngezi Plat­inum knocked Tsholot­sho out of the Chibuku Su­per Cup, beat­ing the Mata­bele­land North ru­ral out­fit 4-1 at Baobab Sta­dium.

Af­ter the Ngezi Plat­inum trip, Tsholot­sho will host Cha­pungu, then face fired-up High­landers which will be fol­lowed by the Bu­l­awayo City clash and wrap up the sea­son against FC Plat­inum.

“The matches we’re left with look dif­fi­cult, but if we work hard and be­lieve in our­selves we will spring shock­ers along the way,” said Phiri.

Mutare City are left with three away games to How Mine, Dy­namos and Ngezi Plat­inum, while their home matches will be against ZPC Kariba, Bor­der Strik­ers and Harare City.

Mean­while, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Chicken Inn take on Bu­l­awayo City in a derby at Bar­bour­fields to­mor­row, har­bour­ing hopes of sneak­ing into the top four. The Game­cocks are on po­si­tion six with 35 points and can move two places up the lad­der in the event that ZPC Kariba and Dy­namos who are tied on 38 points lose their re­spec­tive en­coun­ters against Tri­an­gle United and Hwange.

Bu­l­awayo City will be out to com­plete a dou­ble over the cham­pi­ons who they beat 1-0 in the first leg. — @ZililoR

MacClive Phiri

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