PREMIERSHIP football side Chiredzi will need a miracle to survive relegation.
With only five matches left in the campaign, the chances of Gishon Ntini’s men to escape the chop are almost next to nothing.
In fact, Ntini is preparing for the worst — he might leave for Botswana when the season ends.
The Lowveld side, still at the foot of the table with 14 points after their loss to Bantu Rovers last weekend, could lose three more points to their opponents — Chapungu — for their failure to fulfil their league clash at Ascot Stadium two weeks ago after arriving at the match venue late with incomplete kits and also without licences.
The match was eventually abandoned.
They could also be slapped with a fine if they don’t have a valid reason for failure to fulfil the match.
The PSL Standing Orders, Offences and Fines state that if a team fails to fulfil a league fixture without a valid reason three points are awarded to the opposing team on a 3-0 score line and a fine of $1 250 shall be imposed.
With only 14 points to show so far, Chiredzi cannot even reach the 35 points mark needed for a team to at least avoid relegation even if they win their remaining five matches.
They also still have tough fixtures against How Mine, Black Rhinos, Highlanders Triangle, and FC Platinum to grapple with.
Fellow relegation candidates Bantu Rovers’ victory over Chiredzi gave them a glimmer of hope in their survival battle.
Placed on 15th position with 21 points Bantu Rovers need to win all their remaining six matches to garner at least 36 points to survive although that will depend on results from other relegation-threatened candidates.
They host Shabanie Mine next and then face Chapungu, Dynamos, How Mine, and Black Rhinos on the last day of the league programme.
Chiredzi’s remaining matches: How Mine (away), Black Rhinos (home), Highlanders (away), Triangle (home) and FC Platinum (away).
Bantu’s remaining matches: Shabanie Mine (home), Chapungu (away), Dynamos (away), How Mine (home), Black Rhinos (away).