Tsholot­sho shrug off rel­e­ga­tion threat

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Senior Sports Re­porter

TSHOLOT­SHO FC are not wor­ried about the on­go­ing rel­e­ga­tion and pro­mo­tion tur­moil, with head coach Lizwe Sweswe say­ing his team is fo­cused on col­lect­ing max­i­mum points against Bu­l­awayo City at Lu­veve Sta­dium tomorrow.

The Zh­wane Boys are third from the bot­tom of the Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League ta­ble with 26 points, one ahead of Mutare City Rovers. Zifa coun­cil­lors last month made a stun­ning res­o­lu­tion to rel­e­gate four teams in con­trast to a stand­ing agree­ment to drop two at the end of the sea­son.

A 2015 agree­ment re­solved to drop two teams from the topflight and stage pro­mo­tional play-offs in­volv­ing win­ners of Zifa’s four re­gional leagues to de­ter­mine the two teams to fill up the two PSL slots for the 2017 sea­son.

The coun­cil­lors’ som­er­sault on the 2015 res­o­lu­tion ig­nited a fall out be­tween Zifa and the PSL, leav­ing Tsholot­sho in a fix.

The other teams that find them­selves in “murky rel­e­ga­tion wa­ters” fol­low­ing the shock Zifa coun­cil res­o­lu­tion are Cha­pungu, Hwange, Triangle United and How Mine.

How­ever, Sweswe said his team is not wor­ried about the pend­ing rel­e­ga­tion mat­ter, say­ing they need to win to en­sure they fin­ish the sea­son in 14th place.

“From the start of the sea­son, we told our­selves that we’re not go­ing down and that is still our tar­get. With­out of­fend­ing pow­ers that be, we’re not tak­ing that is­sue of rel­e­gat­ing four teams se­ri­ously be­cause when we en­tered the 2016 competition we were told only two teams will be go­ing down.

“What we sim­ply need to do is to win our game against Bu­l­awayo City, make sure we fight to be third from the bot­tom so that when the time comes to fight for our place in the topflight, we have a strong case,” said Sweswe.

Tsholot­sho go into the week­end game bub­bling with con­fi­dence fol­low­ing a 2-1 win over High­landers be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break. That vic­tory all but blew away Bosso’s ti­tle hopes. Sweswe wants to build on their Bosso win and prob­a­bly seal their fate this week­end.

Tsholot­sho play ti­tle hope­fuls FC Plat­inum on the last day of the sea­son, while Mutare City, who face Harare City tomorrow at Sakubva Sta­dium, will wrap up their sea­son with an away match against Ngezi Plat­inum Stars. Mutare City are likely to be with­out head coach Taku Shariwa, who is at­tend­ing a Caf B coach­ing clinic in Bu­l­awayo. *Three points de­ducted for use of a sus­pended player

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