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Relegation decider: Tsholotsho or Buffaloes?


Confident Buffaloes can still survive relegation ... Coach Saul Chaminuka

27/11/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
We just need to win and nothing else ... Lizwe Sweswe
 
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THE 2015 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions have been crowned. And that is Chicken Inn.

Three teams have been relegated, and three promoted from Division One.

Flame Lily, Dongo Sawmill and Whawha have bitten the dust from the top flight. Bulawayo City, Border Strikers and Ngezi Platinum have gone up the ladder.

Now, as we enter Week 30 of the PSL, it’s time for either Tsholotsho or Buffaloes to bid farewell to the top flight league.

None of these two, despite playing at home, have an easy task this Saturday.

Tsholotsho host unpredictable Harare City, who had the unenviable task of handing over the league title to Chicken Inn last weekend.

Lizwe Sweswe’s men have 30 points and need an outright win, regardless of the result of the Buffaloes-Dynamos match at Sakubva on the same day.

“It’s clear what we have to do, we just need to win and nothing else,” Sweswe, now assisted by former Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu said on Friday.

“We need to have a positive approach to the match from the first minute and maintain concentration until the end.

“We don’t want to be in a situation when we have to depend on results from Mutare. We have to achieve this on our own.”

Buffaloes confident

With 30 points a win will take Tsholotsho to 33 and even if Buffaloes, on 29 points, win, they will secure their spot in the top flight for the second season running.

The duty to make sure they win remains on veteran striker Joel Luphahla, who at 38, showed against Highlanders that he can still play 90 minutes.

On the other hand, Buffaloes coach Saul Chaminuka knows Dynamos has had a difficult season, but is still confident they can pull it off and believes his good friend, Harare City coach Taurai Mangwiro can rescue him.

But, the worst thing that can happen is a draw. That will favour Tsholotsho and it will be goodbye to PSL football in Mutare!

Meanwhile, the fourth team to be promoted into the PSL, this time from the Eastern Region, could be known on Sunday when Mutare City Rovers take on Hartley Academy.

Rovers top the standings with 65 points from 32 matches, while their opponents on Sunday, Hartley, are third with 64 points from the same number of matches.

Masvingo United, who take on Melfort on the same day at Mucheke Stadium, are second with 64 points, with a superior goal difference to Hartley’s.



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WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday: Dongo vs FC Platinum (Vengere), Chapungu vs How Mine (Ascot), Tsholotsho vs Harare City (White City), Caps United vs Whawha (NSS), Flame Lily vs Chicken Inn (Larfarge), Buffaloes vs Dynamos (Sakubva)

Sunday: Highlanders vs ZPC Kariba (BF), Hwange vs Triangle (Colliery)





 
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