Ak­bay set on be­ing Cas­tle Lager run­ner-up

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

HIGH­LANDERS will need a “mir­a­cle” to claim the Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League ti­tle, with coach Erol Ak­bay set­ting a realistic tar­get of be­ing run­ners-up.

High­landers’ ti­tle hopes took a mas­sive dent when they were felled 1-2 by rel­e­ga­tion fight­ing Tsholot­sho FC on Sun­day, leav­ing them four points be­hind log lead­ers Caps United with just two games left.

Caps United sit on 57 points, fol­lowed by FC Plat­inum on 55 points while Bosso have 53 points.

“Los­ing to Tsholot­sho FC was re­ally a bad day for us. It made life dif­fi­cult for us be­cause be­ing four points be­hind at this stage of the sea­son is too much.

“We’re not giv­ing up hope; we’ll keep fight­ing, but what is closer to us is fin­ish­ing sec­ond. Ob­vi­ously I’ll be dis­ap­pointed to end sec­ond be­cause we had op­por­tu­ni­ties to win the ti­tle,” said Ak­bay.

Caps United are in firm con­trol of their cham­pi­onship des­tiny and judg­ing by their present form, the Green Ma­chine look set to walk to the podium at the end of the sea­son after a long 11-year wait.

e Green Ma­chine will be crowned cham­pi­ons if they win their next league en­counter against Ngezi Plat­inum Stars and High­landers beat FC Plat­inum at Man­dava Sta­dium.

Should High­landers lose to FC Plat­inum and Caps United beat Ngezi, the plat­inum min­ers and Caps United will re­main in con­tention un­til the last game of the sea­son.

For FC Plat­inum to keep their slim hopes of land­ing the coun­try’s cov­eted foot­ball sil­ver­ware, they need to beat High­landers and hope Ngezi Plat­inum do them favour by ei­ther hold­ing Caps United or hand­ing the Harare side de­feat.

High­landers will need Caps United to draw or lose their games against Ngezi Plat­inum and Cha­pungu while they win theirs, some­thing that is highly un­likely.

High­landers will rue their poor form at the start of the sec­ond half of the sea­son when they picked just a point out of a pos­si­ble 15.

Their game against FC Plat­inum, who will be ac­tive this week­end in the Chibuku Super Cup fi­nal against Ngezi Plat­inum Stars, won’t be an easy one for Bosso, who seem to have lost steam.

High­landers’ loss to Tsholot­sho was their sec­ond de­feat in as many weeks. Bosso faced Tsholot­sho smart­ing from a 0-1 loss to Ngezi in a Chibuku Super Cup semi-fi­nal match.

FC Plat­inum cap their sea­son with an away trip to Tsholot­sho.

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Erol Ak­bay

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