AS the title race remains open between defending champions Dynamos and Highlanders after their 1-1 draw on Sunday at Rufaro Stadium, relegation comes under spotlight as games for Week 27 of the Castle Lager Premiership are under way tomorrow. REPORT BY FORTUNE MBELE SPORTS REPORTER
None of the relegation-threatened clubs won any of their games at the weekend with the worst result coming from Blue Rangers, who were massacred 5-0 by Motor Action on Saturday.
Rangers, with 24 points, can only reach a maximum of 36 points even if they win their last four games and have a tough hurdle as they are away to Chicken Inn at Luveve Stadium tomorrow.
Chicken Inn drew 1-1 with FC Platinum on Saturday at Mandava and are eyeing a top-four finish in the league with 43 points and will definitely be seeking maximum points tomorrow to tear away from Shabanie and Buffaloes who trail them by two points.
Hwange, with a possible peak of 39 points from their remaining games, sit on position 12 on the log-standing and managed to pick a point when they drew 1-1 with army side Buffaloes at Sakubva Stadium on Sunday.
The coalminers are in a relegation fight with Hardbody at the Colliery tomorrow.
Hardbody, who can only pick up a maximum of 35 points to the end of the season, slackened their survival chances on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Shabanie Mine at home at Ascot Stadium on Sunday.
If they lose in Hwange, Hardbody could be headed back to Division One after a season’s flirtation with top-flight football.
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Gunners, second from the bottom with a possible high mark of 34 points from their outstanding matches, had their relegation worries worsened on Sunday when they lost to resurgent CAPS United 2-1 at Gwanzura Stadium on Sunday. Gunners are home to trail-blazing Monomotapa at Lafarge Stadium tomorrow while the Green Machine are away to Harare City at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow.
Harare City were held to a 1-1 draw by already relegated Quelaton at Luveve Stadium on Saturday.
Quelaton are away to the Mighty Bulls at Motor Action Sports Club tomorrow.
Black Mambas, on 28 points, also have the insurmountable task of beating the defending champions DeMbare at Morris Depot tomorrow as championship chasing Bosso host Buffaloes at Barbourfields Stadium.
Warumwa Warumwa fell 3-2 to Monomotapa on Saturday.
Fixtures Tomorrow: Black Mambas vs Dynamos (Morris Depot); Harare City vs CAPS United (Rufaro); Hwange vs Hardbody (Colliery); Chicken Inn vs Blue Rangers (Luveve); Shabanie Mine vs FC Platinum (Maglas); Highlanders vs Buffaloes (Barbourfields); Gunners vs Monomotapa (Larfarge), Motor Action vs Quelaton (Motor Action Sports Club)