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Anxious wait for Premiership deciders


The last day of the 2010 Premiership soccer season is awaited with much anticipation.

The destiny of the league title will be decided on this day, with Motor Action and Dynamos neck and neck on 63 points and only separated by a simple goal difference.

Equally as important as the title race is the other issue at the bottom of the table.

FC Victoria, Bantu Rovers and Douglas Warriors have already fallen down a division but one club will join them.

With only one round of games to go to the end of the season, the relegation fourth spot will also go down to the wire.

The Premier Soccer League has said four teams will be relegated at the end of the season while four teams from the second tier division that will fill the four slots in the top-flight have already been confirmed.
Masvingo, Chicken Inn, Mimosa and Blue Ribbon will have their chance of dancing with the big boys of domestic football.

One of these three teams, Lengthens, Black Mambas and Shooting Stars, has a chance of surviving the dreaded chop but are in equal danger also of playing Division One football next year.

Shooting Stars did themselves a big favour on Sunday by beating Monomotapa to take their tally to 32 points.
The Stars looks a safe bet for survival considering they are playing whipping boys Bantu Rovers on the last day of the season.

A draw will be enough for the Lazarus Magaya-coached side to survive as they will reach an unassailable 33 points.

That narrows the battle for survival to two teams, Black Mambas and Lengthens.

What makes their situation more intriguing is that both teams will be facing the two top teams that are vying for the championship and as such no favours are expected to be rendered.

Lengthens, who had been written off, came back into contention for survival with a battling 1 – 0 win over Eagles.

They have an uphill task though on the final day of the season as they will face a ruthless Motor Action side who are vying for their maiden championship after a decade of failed attempts.

Black Mambas literally shot themselves in the foot on Sunday when they surrendered a
1 – 0 half-time lead to fall 2 – 1 at Maglas Stadium against Shabanie Mine.

The cash-rich club will probably play their toughest game of the season when they meet Dynamos on the last day of the season. Black Mambas are on 29 points and will be safe with a win.

Having exhausted all the possible permutations, the situation is like this: The team that will lose points on the final day, between Motor Action and Dynamos and Lengthens and Mambas, will either lose the championship or get relegated respectively.

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