THE Castle Lager Premier Soccer League championship race which has been devoid of much excitement due to the absence of knockout tournaments, enters the hom
e stretch as the hunt for the most coveted domestic trophy intensifies.
Army team Black Rhinos, riding on the strength of five victories in a row, has gate-crashed its way back into the running for the championship which looks set for a thrilling nail-biting finish.
The soldiers on Wednesday edged fighting Sporting Lions 1-0 at Rufaro Stadium to climb into fourth position on the log with 37 points, three adrift of leaders Amazulu.
Interestingly, Rhinos face a defining moment in their comeback trail, with a date against Amazulu at Luveve Stadium on Sunday.
Also strongly in the running for the championship are champions Highlanders who had a date with Motor Action yesterday.
Bosso are on the road Sunday against Lancashire Steel at the intimidating Baghdad Stadium. Before yesterday’s match, the champions were in third position with 38 points, the same as second-placed Dynamos who are tipped to bag maximum points when they host relegation-threatened Sundowns at Rufaro on Sunday.
In a battle to escape relegation, bottom-placed Blue Swallows take on Kambuzuma United at Pfupajena Stadium on Sunday.
Second from bottom-placed Chapungu United will give everything against troubled former log leaders Caps United at Ascot Stadium on Sunday.
Chapungu face the chop they have been avoiding by a whisker over the past couple of years which is now ominously hovering on their heads with only five matches to go and having amassed a paltry 21 points.
Sporting Lions v Wankie (Rufaro)
Amazulu v Black Rhinos (Luveve);
Blue Swallows v Kambuzuma United (Pfupajena);
Chapungu v Caps United (Ascot);
Dynamos v Sundowns (Rufaro);
Lancashire Steel v Highlanders (Baghdad); and
Shabanie Mine v Motor Action (Maglas).