Highfield lead the chase

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Last Saturday was a vital day for Zifa Northern Region Division One outfit Highfield United as they gained top spot in the promotion race by capitalising on slip-ups by FC Laliga and Black Rhinos.

The ambitious and well-sponsored team scraped to a 3-2 win over relegation-threatened Commando Bullets at Rufaro on Saturday, a result that helped them to assume the pole position on the log table with 39 points.

Early pacesetters LaLiga could forever live to rue the costly 1-1 draw against mid-table Harare City that saw them slipping to second position due to an inferior goal difference.

Also in the chasing pack is Mwana Africa who made their intention of returning to the Premier League very clear by dismissing Eiffel Flats 2-0 at Rimuka Stadium, taking their points tally to 39, but third on the log because of an inferior goal difference.

The biggest loser after the weekend round of fixtures should be Black Rhinos.

The army side was sitting pretty in second position before the Saturday kick-off, but a shock 2-0 home defeat to DStv Rangers saw them skidding to fourth position, two points adrift the leading trio.

With only five games to go before the season ends, the battle has become so tight that the winner could be decided on goal difference.

The leading trio are all tied on 39 points, but it is the flamboyant Highfield, bankrolled by Nkululeko Sibanda’s Twalumba Holdings, who hold the aces going into the home stretch.

They have a comfortable goal difference of +19 while Laliga has +12 and Mwana Africa has just a goal less than the second-placed team.