Axe hovers over 4

Sukoluhle Mthethwa


WHILE Highlanders are about to heave a huge sigh of relief that no team has been serious enough to catch them at the top during their indifferent patch, four sides are already counting their days in the prem

iership.


As the Premier Soccer League season ambles to a close, Shooting Stars, Railstars, Shabanie Mine and Zimbabwe Saints are all staring relegation to first-division football.


Yet Railstars goalkeeper Chenjerai Dube remains optimistic that they will survive the chop.


Railstars clash with Hwange at Luveve tomorrow, a week after they met in a CBZ Cup second round tie which the former won.


“I think we are going to win the tie,” said Dube. “We are still in with a chance of surviving. We have at least five matches remaining so if we can win most of the matches now we can survive.”


Hwange head coach Paul Moyo said he was going approaching the match cautiously as he reckons it will be hard to beat Railstars again.


Moyo also said that it was still possible to be runners-up to favourites Highlanders who however have been unconvincing in the second half of the season.


Still Highlanders will be lucky to emerge from Masvingo United’s Mucheke cauldron with maximum points on Sunday.


Shooting Stars will be hard-pressed to collect maximum points if they still have any ambition to play top-flight football. But then they face Mwana Africa who return to Rufaro in a buoyant mood where they eliminated giants Dynamos from the CBZ Cup on penalties last week.


Defending hampions Caps United will face Chapungu tomorrow in the last fixture penciled in for the National Sports Stadium before the ground undergoes renovations.


Second-placed Motor Action, who have failed to capitalise on Highlanders’ blips, will face Dynamos at Rufaro on Sunday in a potential thriller. Across town, visiting Shabanie Mine will be praying for maximum points against Black Rhinos at Gwanzura in their desperate bid to avoid relegation.


While Zimbabwe Saints appear already relegated, they will certainly not be easy opponents for Buymore at Barbourfields.