Relegation-haunted Shabanie Mine enter the last day of their survival final push when they host fading giants Highlanders at Maglas Stadium this afternoon.
The relegation battle is now more interesting that the title race and Shabanie are facing what could be a daunting task to maintain their Premiership Status.
With three teams already relegated, one team is now facing the chop with Masvingo United and Monomotapa the other sides facing the prospect of joining Kiglon, Zimbabwe Saints and Shooting Stars through the Premiership exit door.
Shabanie are at the greatest risk of sinking as they are now the “bottom” team in this dire situation where they are on 13th spot with 31 points.
Just above them are Monomotapa with two points above them, while Masvingo have 34 points and one place above Monoz.
Ironically, Monoz and Masvingo square up at Rufaro Stadium in arguably the match of the weekend.
A defeat for Shabanie would be fatal and would send them down to Division One, so they need nothing short of victory to continue dining with the best in the elite league.
Their major drawback is that they are heavily relying on the result at Rufaro.
Coach Luke Masomere admitted the uphill task they are facing.
“This match is going to be very difficult. Highlanders will be playing for nothing and we are under a lot of pressure to survive,” said Masomere.
“It is going to be very difficult although we can win it. The situation is very tricky now so we have to put our act together and win convincingly, then wait for the result between Masvingo and Monoz.
Bosso are a very big team with a lot of history and play well, but we also have been good at home. Hopefully we will emerge as winners and survive relegation.”
Shabanie’s home record since Masomere took charge at Maglas in late July is fair as they have recorded four wins, one share of spoils and a loss to Gunners on August 14.
And now they are banking on their home fans that have stood by them in their trying times. The Chinda Boys’ began their final push with a remarkable 2-0 home win over Caps United last week before they succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Chicken Inn in Bulawayo last Sunday. The Chicken Inn result severely dented their survival hopes and put them in a tight corner against Bosso.