The other clubs are Blue Ribbon Stars who are on 35 points, Masvingo United (34), Black Mambas (33), Monomotapa United (32), Shabanie Mine (31), and Shooting Stars at 27 points.
The premiership has four feeder leagues: Eastern, Northern, Southern and Central region, meaning that the leagues’ champions have to be promoted to the Premier Soccer League.
The million-dollar question is which two clubs will join Chikwata and Kiglon Bird in Division One. Of the six clubs, Shooting Stars and Shabanie Mine are the teams most likely to join the sinking teams as the clubs are in the drop zone.
The Chinda Boys are yet to meet Chicken Inn away in Bulawayo today and have to play Highlanders in their last league match in Zvishavane. Masvingo United, who are also facing sponsorship problems, will travel to Hwange this afternoon before travelling to Harare to end the season with a date against Monomotapa in yet another match, dubbed “Battle for Survival”.
Blue Ribbon Stars will take on Black Mambas today in another “Battle for Survival” clash at Morris Depot and finish off with a home date against Chicken Inn who are fighting hard to end the season in the top eight.
The army side, Black Mambas will them end the season with a date against Mighty Bulls who have already surrendered the championship to either FC Platinum or DeMbare.
Monomotapa will play Highlanders today and end the season with a date against Masvingo United in yet another survival battle in Harare. Shooting Stars is the only team that is four points behind the rest of the clubs that are in the survival mix. The Elite Boys will meet CAPS United today before playing FC Platinum in the last match, but it’s obvious the Platinum miners will be gunning for gold.
Shabanie Mine FC chairman Webster Chitonho told Standardsport problems bedevilling their company had affected negatively their performance in the field of play.
“We still look forward to the company even though it is facing financial problems. Most of the money that we use to run the club comes from the SMM Properties fund where we lease our recreational facilities like nightclubs, golf courses and others. The company caters mostly for players’ accommodation and medical bills. The business community chips in here and there and they are also instrumental to our survival.”
Apart from SMM Properties, Chitonho said they are private individuals who were also helping the team in cash and kind.
“We have individuals from Harare, Mutare and others who are locally-based who came in to assist. I can confirm that one individual is taking care of Zvenyika Makonese’s welfare at the club. He is making sure that Makonese gets his salary and allowances on behalf of the club.”