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Premiership race twists and turns


A win for Dynamos on Sunday against champions Gunners could have taken them top of the Premier Soccer League table.

However, a surprising blip by the Harare giants and Highlanders’ impressive run in the league has reopened the title race.

Motor Action, who apparently refused to fulfil their fixture over the weekend because they wanted Dynamos to complete their outstanding fixture, are still on top of the log with 58 points, while Dynamos are just a point below in second position and Bosso are now hot on the heels being just six points adrift of log leaders.

Although Highlanders’ charge can be viewed as a bit too late, the interesting thing is that the Bulawayo giants are still to meet Motor Action, and the game could give a new twist to the title race.

Highlanders have been winning matches for fun since Mkhuphali “Mr Cooper” Masuku took the reins from Egyptian coach Mohammed Fathi.

Mr Cooper has managed nine straight wins, collecting a massive 27 points in the process and thus rescuing his team from the murky waters of relegation to back where a big club like Highlanders are expected to be, in the Premiership title race.

Their win against Eagles on Sunday has certainly shown their title ambitions and Mr Cooper and all the Highlanders family are beginning to believe.

With four games still to play in the league and the top two teams being inconsistent as they have of late, they have every reason to do so.

However, it is their fixture against the Mighty Bulls on Sunday that could define their title ambitions this season.

A win for Motor Action and their impressive late charge into the race will amount to nothing, but a win for Highlanders will reduce the gap to only three points with two games left to play.

Highlanders will at the same time pray that Dynamos’ form continue to stutter as the race reaches the gruelling final stretch. Even if they fail to catch up with the log leaders, a Champions League spot is still much in their reach.

Unlike Motor Action and Dynamos who now have to rely on results from elsewhere, Highlanders have the ball in their court and luck will obviously have to go their way.

They might be six points away from the log leaders but strange things have happened in football and the blips by the two top clubs in their last games should give them hope.

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