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Highlanders Blows Chance to Clinch League Title

The twists and turns in local football continued Sunday with Harare City hammering Bulawayo giants Highlanders 4-0 to lead the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League as the race to the title goes to the wire.

The Bulawayo giants blew a golden chance in the match of the day after conceding four goals in a match billed by fans to be the game of the year at Rufaro Stadium.

With the top four teams separated only by three points before the weekend, the football family was playing the guessing game on who will win the league title as the gap between then log leaders Highlanders and fourth placed FC Platinum was only three points.

It seems the guessing game will continue as Harare City now leads the rest of the pack with 53 points while Dynamos and Highlanders are joint second. Highlanders failed to rise to the occasion in the absence of their coach Kelvin Kaindu who’s in England for a coaching course.

The game between Highlanders and Harare City was expected to be the game of the season but surprisingly the Bulawayo giants failed to inspire their fans. Even the return into the fold of striker Njabulo Ncube after serving a two-match suspension, which saw him missing the 1-1 draw with Motor Action at Rufaro a fortnight ago and the hotly contested 1-0 win over Triangle at home on Wednesday, failed to inspire the team.

“The team never fails to disappoint,” said an angry fan at the Rufaro Stadium. “They have left Chicken Inn to do the job for them by making sure Dynamos only gets a point from their crucial match. It’s painful.”

Dembare drew 2-all with Chicken Inn in Bulawayo, Shabanie Mine beat Triange 2-0. Black Mambas hammered Tripple B 4-1 and How Mine drew 1-1 with FC Platinum. Black Rhinos beat Hwange 1-Zero.

Now Harare City leads the log with 53 points with Highlanders and Dynamos following two points behind. FC Platinum is fourth on the league table with 49 points and Tripple B with 19 points sits at the bottom. Also in relegation zone are Motor Action and Monomotapa with 20 and 26 points respectively.

Now Harare City needs to beat Caps United in their next match at the National Sports Stadium to wrap up the title. If they manage the feat then they become the third small team to win the league after Gunners rose to the challenge in 2009 and Motor Action the following year.

The winner of the league title will have the unenviable task of reviving Zimbabwe’s flagging spirit in the Caf Champions League.