Kudakwashe Chikwenje,Sports Reporter
JUST like the battle for the honours, the fight for relegation is set to go to the wire.
Teams in the relegation zone Yadah (28 points), Mushowani (30), Hwange (31points) and Herentals (31 points) are still confident of surviving the chop.
With five games to go, basement side Yadah are separated by just 10 points with team on the mid table with 15 points to play four.
With four teams facing the chop, the current standings show that at least the bottom eight still face risk of the chop.
Speaking to H-Metro, Yadah coach Genesis Mangombe said they are confident that they will win all remaining games
He admitted that he had lost hope after going for three games without a victory but his boys’ performance of late made him believe again.
“If we can win four games in the remaining fixtures we are safe and I know we can do it.
“That was a surprise to the supporters because they almost lost hope, our hope has been revived, and we are trying to work on everything now to win all the games.
“We are playing with teams in the relegation zone, we are left with games which we are playing in Harare and the last game away with Mushowani.
“If we are trying to materialise and win the game which are on stake our chances of survival are high because if you check at the points, check at the log we are almost in the same zone in the relegation zone,” said Mangombe.
Herentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva said it’s still game on.
Herentals have not tasted a defeat in their last six league games, recording five draws and one win.
“Great improvement from the team, we managed to hold CAPS and Harare City, team with good current form, CAPS being log leaders but it’s not enough for us we need to push an extra mile to collect maximum points in our next games to survive.
“It’s still game on for survival, no one is safe. We just need to focus for points until the end and see what happens. This is a big challenge and I have to take it head on,” said Mutiwekuziva.
Mushowani, who are two points away from the basement side Yadah, have suffered two defeats in a row.
Mushowani will face Yadah, ZPC Kariba, TelOne, Herentals and Chicken Inn in their remaining fixtures.
Hwange have tricky encounters as well with ZPC Kariba, TelOne, Herentals and Bulawayo Chiefs among their opponents.