The race for promotion to the 2012 Premier Soccer League is still on between Zifa Southern Region Division One football outfits Quelaton and Railstars with five matches remaining to end the season.
Quelaton are on top of the log-standings with 61 points from 25 matches. On Sunday they meet struggling Sao Paulo at Luveve Stadium.
Railstars are six points behind Quelaton with the same number of games and they are away to New West City at White City Stadium on Sunday.
Quelaton coach Thulani Sibanda yesterday said the race was still on and they would not be complacent against the Victoria Falls-based Sao Paulo, who are placed fourth from the bottom.
“Small teams have always given us a lot of problems and we have always struggled against them. The race is still on for the championship and Railstars are playing very well,” Sibanda said.
Last week Quelaton thumped Power Cosmos 4-1 in Hwange and they look forward to riding over Sao Paulo and winning their last four assignments.
But it is not going to be an easy hurdle for the Tawanda Ruzive-owned Quelaton who have their next assignment away against How Mine before entertaining third-placed ZPC Hwange.
The climax of the race will be when Quelaton play Railstars away at Raylton Sports Club before finishing off the season against struggling Zambezi Lions at home.
Quelaton have top strikers, former Highlanders’ Njabulo “Tshiki” Ncube and Kundishora Chakanyuka to bank on as they eye to flirt with the top league next year.
Railstars collected maximum points last week after Kujatana-Victoria Falls failed to pitch up for their fixture last Saturday at Raylton.
They sent Mpumalanga packing with a 5-1 score line in a re-arranged mid-week match last Wednesday.
The previous weekend the Mandla Mpofu-coached former Premiership side walloped Zambezi Lions 5-1 in Victoria Falls.
Railstars have top strikers in the league in the form of former Highlanders striker Leanance Mpofu and Ashton Mhlanga.
The experience of former Njube Sundowns goalkeeper Maurani Phiri, and Railstars trump card in their championship campaign, is key.
“We are fighting up to the end and it’s the final push. Every game that is remaining is equally important.” Mpofu said.