Motor Action assistant coach Prince Matore is a firm believer that anything can happen in football and has therefore not given up hope of his side defending their Premier League title ahead of the clash against Shooting Stars at Motor Action Sports Club on Sunday.
The Mighty Bulls’ only hope of overhauling leaders FC Platinum and second-placed Dynamos would be to win all of their remaining games, including a titanic clash against Dynamos at Rufaro next week — and hope that the leading duo loses at least two of their remaining matches.
Motor Action will also have an ardent look at the top of the table clash at Mandava stadium in two weeks time, with the hope that the leading two cancel each other.
The defending league champions have been wobbling of late, picking up just four points from a possible 18 in their last matches.
Motor Action are on 44 points, five less than the log leaders who meet Shabanie Mine in a Zvishavane derby on Sunday while second-placed Dynamos, on 48 points, date Hwange at the Colliery on the same day.
Despite that massive gap, Matore is not giving up hope that his side can catch the leading duo with only four games remaining. He has, however, warned his side against any further slip-up, starting with a “dangerous” Shootings Stars who are battling relegation.
“We are still very much in there, the battle is still on. We still have four games to play, which is some sixteen points to fight for so there is no way we can surrender the fight at this moment. Many people ‘especially you guys from the Press’ have already ruled us out, but a closer look at the log will show you that all the teams in the top four still have a chance to win the title. This is football, anything can happen, so it’s too early to rule us out,” said the former Mighty Bulls captain.
In their last three matches, Motor Action went down to Caps United and Blue Ribbon before being held to a goalless draw against Shabanie Mine, thus Matore is demanded an improved performance against a Shooting Stars side that is battling for dear life.
The Jostein Mathuthu-coached side are second from the bottom with 23 points, just one above of basement Zimbabwe Saints.
“It will be a tough game because the opposition are fighting relegation, but we cannot have any excuse for not winning this one. We just have to do better than what we have been doing in our last matches,” added Matore.
The two teams are coming into the match on the back of contrasting fortunes in the Mbada Diamonds Cup last week.
Motor Action sailed through to the semi-finals of the lucrative competition after beating Blue Ribbon 1-0 while Shooting Stars crashed out after a 3-0 trouncing at the hands of Dynamos.