Motor Action captain Bheki Ncube has been cleared to feature in a Premier Soccer League match against Highlanders on Sunday after the Harare side had raised a complaint with the league.
Team director Eric Rosen wrote to the PSL on Wednesday after the league had said Ncube had accumulated three yellow cards and would miss the crunch match against Highlanders.
In response, PSL acting chief executive Kenny Ndebele wrote on Friday: “We acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 01 December 2010 and advise that we have checked our records and noted that the player who was cautioned during your match against Black Mambas FC on 17 July 2010, was player no 18, Milton Ncube not player No 6 Bhekimpilo Ncube.”
“We apologise for the error. Please be advised that Bhekimpilo Ncube is eligible to participate in the League match this weekend, as he has accumulated two yellow cards to date.”
So Motor Action host third-placed Bosso at Motor Action Sports Club at full strength while second-placed Dynamos will travel to Mucheke to face relegation threatened FC Victoria.
And there is no doubt Dynamos faithfuls will be at the Motor Action Sports Club backing bitter foes to victory on the hope that their own team will beat FC Victoria.
The Mighty Bulls need to win the match for the obvious reason that a win for the Joey Antipas-coached team will definitely put them in the driving seat going into the two remaining matches.
As for Dynamos, a third loss in a row will be a disaster for the former Harare champions. Dembare, who are on 56 points, are trailing the log leaders by two points. There is no need to stress FC Victoria’s predicament at the moment. The team is in big trouble.
A loss for them coupled by a win for Lengthens who are floating at the relegation cut off point and they will be out of the Premier Soccer League.
For Highlanders, a win over Motor Action will take their winning streak to a record 10 wins in a row. However, as the battle for the title hits some fever levels this week, there is an interesting battle raging at the bottom of the log.
Bantu Rovers, seated at the base of the log, are already out of the league.
PSL have made it clear that four teams will face the dreaded chop come December, and although mathematically the spectre of relegation still hangs over up to six teams, some are in trouble while others will likely to be safe.
FC Victoria, Douglas Warriors, Lengthens, Shooting Stars and Black Mambas will fight to avoid the other dreaded three slots. Lengthens will fancy their chances against Bantu today at Hartsfield and a win for them will relieve pressure.
In another relegation battle, Douglas Warriors will host financially stable Black Mambas at Rudhaka Stadium today and both teams will go into the battle knowing very well that a loss will be catastrophic.
Shooting Stars, smarting from a 5 – 2 whacking at the hands of Hwange three days ago, will have to put their house in order if they are to gain any point against Shabanie at Gwanzura on Saturday.