WITH the top two teams, Caps United and Highlanders, inactive in the league this weekend, attention shifts to the bottom of the log as the Premiership enters its 19th week.
Runaway leaders Caps United’s date at Lancashire Steel was postponed as they have more than three players in the Warriors team to face Uganda on Sunday. Highlanders’ clash with Sundowns has also been postponed for the same reason.
Second-placed Shabanie Mine host Kwekwe Cables at Maglas on Sunday. Shabanie dropped crucial points last weekend and have to win their encounter this weekend to entertain any hopes of catching up with Makepekepe.
With three teams facing the chop at the end of the season, battle for survival has started in earnest.
But it won’t be easy for the bottom four teams this weekend as they face tricky fixtures.
Bottom-placed Zimbabwe Saints, with one win in five months, host fourth-placed Amazulu at Barbourfields on Sunday.
With 12 matches remaining, Chikwata’s survival in the premiership now rests on divine providence. The former league champions, with six points in 18 outings, have to shape up if they are to entertain any hopes of playing in the top-flight league next season.
Since thumping Dynamos 4-2 at Rufaro stadium in March, Chikwata have managed to score only 15 goals while conceding a whopping 45 goals – four more than runaway leaders Caps United have scored this season.
Sporting Lions, who severed ties with coach Luke Masomere this week, host Black Rhinos at Gwanzura on Saturday. Gwanzura has not been a good hunting ground for the Lions, who have lost their previous two encounters at the stadium this month against Highlanders and Dynamos.
Resurgent Dynamos are home to Railstars on Sunday. Since Clayton Munemo took over the reins, DeMbare have upped their tempo and slowly recovered lost ground.
But the Harare giants trail Caps United by 19 points.
Eiffel Flats host Masvingo United tomorrow, while Wankie make the long trip to Sakubva for a date with Motor Action.