Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
THE Rainbow Amateur Netball League (RANL) will relegate five teams while promoting the same number at the end of the season, league’s secretary-general Moses Gukurume has said.
Following a compromise by the league at the beginning of the season last year in which no teams were relegated as they were still putting structures in place, they have since resolved that five teams will be demoted at the end of the campaign.
“Last year we didn’t relegate any team. It was our first year operating and we had few teams but this season we are going to drop the bottom five teams so that we accommodate those that are coming for our regions namely, Matabeleland North, Central, Eastern, Northern A and B,” said Gukurume.
As things stand, Ruwa, who are winless in 26 outings and Golden Valley, who have amassed two points from 32 matches are look set to be demoted at the end of the season.
Ruwa sit at the bottom of an 18-team table and look set to finish the season winless judging by their form.
Also in line for demotion are Flow Angels and Lusumbami who occupy third and fourth place from the bottom, tied on ten points.
Rio Zim currently occupy the last relegation slot with 14 points from 32 matches but they could still survive since teams like Mutare City and PPU are not far much ahead of them.
The league, which commenced in March is slowly approaching the business end.
Undefeated Correctional Queens lead the pack with 52 points after 26 games and have since emerged as favourites.
ZDF Queens are second on the log with 48 points trailing Correctional by four after 26 matches while Zvishavane-based Platinum Queens sit third with 44 points after 25 rounds of action.
Platinum boosted their chances of a top two finish after a win over ZDF at the weekend.
Meanwhile, Gukurume has since urged clubs to play their backlog matches to avoid any inconveniences so that the season will conclude on projected time.
“Any team that failed to fulfil their fixtures by November 30 will be walked-over. The fixture secretary has always been communicating with teams to play their games but some were reluctant,” he said.
“Teams should try and utilise this time to play their games to avoid any inconveniences,” he said.