As the 2010 premiership season heads for the home stretch, the identities of the potential candidates for relegation are beginning to come to light with FC Victoria and Bantu Rovers firmly caught in the web after losing their matches during a dramatic weekend of action in the top flight league.
The sun appears to be setting for Bantu Rovers following the 2-0defeat to Black Mambas at Morris Depot.
Chintsha Guluvha are in all sorts of dire straits as theyâ€™re languishing in the relegation zone, where theyâ€™re second from bottom after amassing 15 points from 23 matches.
What makes Rovers situation worrying is that theyâ€™re just a point above basement club FC Victoria, who however have a game in hand.
For Black Mambas who themselves are not safe, the win was a big boost in their fight for survival.
Motor Actionâ€™s 2-1 win over FC Victoria at Mucheke Stadium compounded the debutants relegation woes, while at the same time kept the Mighty Bulls well on track for a maiden premier league title.
Although FC Victoriaâ€™s season started brightly with two consecutive 3-0 wins, it appears the maiden campaign in top flight football might just be heading for an agonizing conclusion as the Masvingo-based side is anchored at the very bottom of the premiership log.
As the season approaches the twilight zone, itâ€™s going to call for great mental stamina if FC Victoria are to preserve their premiership status upon conclusion of the season.
On the contrary, Motor Action have no such worries as the win over FC Victoria ensured that they stretched their lead at the top of the standings, where theyâ€™ve amassed 52 points, 9 clear of their nearest challengers, Dynamos who have 4 games in hand.
No goals were witnessed at the National Sports Stadium where Gunners and Shootings Stars played to a goalless draw.
It wasnâ€™t a result the Wild Boys would have anticipated as they are entrapped in the relegation zone.
The deadlock did not however have an effect on the two teamsâ€™ positions on the log, with Gunners still 5th while the Wild Boys are 4th from bottom.
Caps United failed to capitalise on Lengthensâ€™ porous defence which has conceded 35 goals, the highest number in the league to date when they settled for a 1-all draw.
The point saw Caps maintaining 4th position on the standings with 36 points, while Lengthens are in 12th place with 21 points after 23 matches. The Happy People are still in the relegation zone.
Douglas Warriors and Eagles settled for a goalless draw at Rudhaka Stadium.
Although a point is better than nothing, it is clearly a result Douglas Warriors would have preferred as it prevented the premier league debutants from leapfrogging Shooting Stars and Lengthens, thereby enhancing their chances of surviving relegation.
Eagles on the other hand slipped to 9th on the log with 32 points from 22 matches.
Maglas Stadium in Zvishavane witnessed a massacre.Â Hosts Shabanie Mine were in no nonsense mood when they registered an impressive 5-1 thrashing of Kiglon.Â
The win elevated the Asbestos Miners to mid-table, where they displaced Eagles, while Kiglon moved down one place to 11th position.