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Battle for survival


While the race for the Premiership title between log leaders Motor Action and second-placed Dynamos is set to go to the wire, the battle at the other end of the table could reach a dramatic conclusion Sunday.

The two top teams are not involved in the Premiership this weekend as Dynamos will be playing bitter rivals Caps United in the BancABC cup final today, thus all the focus will be on the relegation battle.

Four teams will come under the guillotine and already three teams have faced that harsh reality. Bantu Rovers, FC Victoria and Douglas Warriors have already started preparing for life after the Premier League and are certain to be joined by one more club into unfashionable second-tier football by the end of day Sunday.

The race for survival has been narrowed to three teams; two financially troubled sides, Lengthens and Shooting Stars, while cash-rich Black Mambas have an equal chance of falling victim to the dreaded chop.

Lenthens, who are hosting Eagles at Rufaro Stadium, are hanging precariously at the relegation cut-off point with 26 points and a loss tomorrow will certainly spell doom for them.

However Mathuthu is still optimistic. “Our hope is to survive this season. There are a lot of permutations at the moment. We have a healthy chance against Eagles and if we can collect all the three points then we will be in a better position to avoid relegation,” said the coach.

Meanwhile, former Zimbabwe international striker Gilbert Mushangazhike is on the verge of signing for Harare giants Dynamos.

Dynamos team manager Nyika Chifamba confirmed his team has agreed in principle with the 35-year-old player.

“We have agreed in principle but we expect him to sign soon,” said Chifamba.

“He has been training with us for the past two weeks and we are working on the finer details of his contract and if everything goes according to plan he might play in our last league match against Black Mambas,” the Dynamos team manager added.

The veteran player Mushangazhike started playing top-flight football in 1991 when he joined Fire Batteries before heading for Germany, first signing for FC Koln in 1996 and then Kickers Emden the following year.

Mushangazhike also spent many seasons in South Africa with Manning Rangers, peaking in the 2000 season when he scored 22 goals and was top scorer.

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