14 November 2017
. . . title deciders this week
PREMIERSHIP action resumes this week after the international break amid signs the title might be decided by the weekend.
The top three teams have tricky assignments and whoever collects six points by end of weekend might as well start celebrating.
FC Platinum visit relegated but stubborn Tsholotsho at Luveve tomorrow while Dynamos will be across town at B/F against Bulawayo City, who are desperate for points to stay up.
The pick of the midweek programme is at Baobab where Ngezi Platinum host fourth placed Chicken Inn.
On Saturday, it will be the battle of platinums in Zvishavane as FC Platinum host Ngezi Platinum is what might settle the destiny of the title while Dynamos will be in Bulawayo against relegated Bantu Rovers.
What is obvious is that FC Platinum or Ngezi Platinum will definitely drop points in the next two fixtures, which will give Dynamos some hope for late drama in the title race.
Meanwhile, Triangle, coach Taurai Mangwiro has hailed PSL for ensuring that teams in the title race and those fighting relegation play same day.
Eight games featuring such teams are lined up tomorrow while the Highlanders and How Mine game is on Thursday.
“It is commendable that PSL have ensured we play at the same time. And it is the norm the world over when it comes to the last three games of the season. You will have to play at the same time for fair play,” Mangwiro said.
Dynamos face Bulawayo City at Barbourfields tomorrow on a day log leaders Ngezi Platinum and dark horses Chicken Inn clash at Baobab.
Another team in the title race FC Platinum also face Tsholotsho at Luveve tomorrow.
It will be similar for the relegation-threatened teams. Harare City face Black Rhinos at Rufaro while Shabanie Mine face Hwange at Maglas.
“We also play ZPC Kariba same day and it is important because we are also not yet safe.
“The team in the relegation zone with 33 points can still end up with 42 points. And we are on 40 points, which means we are not yet safe. So it is important to just play the matches at the same time,” Mangwiro said.
PSL will also ensure that the weekend fixtures will also be designed in a similar way.
Mangwiro predicts an explosive period in the last three round of matches.
“It is unpredictable. It will be so intense both the title race and relegation fight. And this year it has been so competitive when you look at the results.
“Mawiwi is Hwange has suddenly given them hope that they could survive. It is the same with Shabanie, they have been doing well.
“For us though we are happy that Harare City will be cancelling each other with Black Rhinos while Shabanie and Hwange it is the same situation. We don’t have to look at what is happening at the bottom there though. We just have to try and win our games.”
Asked on what he think of the title race, Mangwiro said: “All the top four are still with a chance. I don’t have to single out any team. Even Chicken Inn are still very much in the race.”