Castle Premiership outfit Blue Ribbon will be seeking to complete a double over their more illustrious opponents Caps United when the two clash at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Blue Ribbon beat Caps 2-0 in the reverse fixture and the team’s vice-captain James Jam said a win would drive them closer to finishing in their dream top-eight target.
“Our objective when we started the season was to finish in the top eight and I think it’s still achievable. We just need to win at least two of our remaining matches, especially against those teams who are also competing for the top eight.
“We have to beat Caps United and Chicken Inn. That will be enough. Those two matches will not be easy, but we have come a long way this season and I believe we can do it,” said the vice-captain.
Apart from Caps United and Chicken Inn, Blue Ribbon will also play Black Mambas and Shooting Stars in their last matches of the season.
On other hand, Caps United are determined to show they have turned around the corner since the return of Lloyd Chitembwe to the dugout. They occupy sixth place with 36 points, one ahead of their opponents.
A top eight finish guarantees participation in the BancABC Sup8r whose prize money is a cool $50 000 and the luxury of being seeded in the lucrative Mbada Diamonds Cup whose sponsorship package is a whopping $1 million. The winner of the Mbada Diamonds Cup will also represent the country in the Confederations Cup competition
While most top teams are already assured of the now-coveted top-eight position, the battle is still on with at least five teams vying for slots.
Masvingo United and Monomotapa on 10th and 11th place still have four games to gain points that could take them to the Promised Land, but it is Caps United and Blue Ribbon who are well poised for the remaining spots.