Black Mambas host Hwange at Morris Depot this afternoon in a rescheduled Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match as relegation worries begin to stalk the two sides.
Report by Henry Mhara Sports Reporter
The game was postponed to pave way for the Commissioner-General’s Funfair at the match venue over the weekend. The two teams would go into the match seated precariously above the relegation cut-off point, and the team that will come out victorious will momentarily ease relegation worries.
Mambas are on 12th position on the log standings with 25 points, while Hwange are a point better than their opponents. If Mambas win, they will move to 11th position and push Hwange to the relegation zone. But if Hwange win, they will consolidate their chances of staying in the Premier League.
At 26 points, Hwange will need at least three more wins from their remaining seven games to be safe.
However, on current form, it is Mambas who are likely to collect maximum points in this contest. The police outfit has collected 13 points from their last seven matches. They have not lost a match in that period.
On the other hand, Hwange have been pathetic. The Colliery based side have managed just two points in their last seven matches with the last five of those ending in defeats.
The downward spiral saw Tennant Chilumba resigning from his post as technical manager, leaving Nation Dube and Mebelo Njekwa at the helm.
With Hardbody and Blue Rangers having collected maximum points over the weekend to reduce the gap on Mambas to just three points, today’s match is a must win for both sides.
Things are not looking at all rosy for Moses Chunga’s Gunners as the team recorded their sixth defeat in the last seven matches with a 3-2 loss to Rangers.
Basement Quelaton collected their fourth point in two matches with a hard-fought 1-all draw against Caps United.
While their revival is remarkable for a team that had managed just nine points in 22 matches, the Bulawayo side are regrettably running out of matches.