WITH just four Castle Lager Premier Soccer League matches to play before the champions are crowned, it’s all for leaders Chicken Inn to lose and second placed FC Platinum to take.
Sadly for both teams, they, once again, have to clear Taurai Mangwiro and his gang of recently crowned Chibuku Super Cup merry men, Harare City.
Chicken Inn lead the table with 53 points and next up is a trip to Gweru against relegation threatened Whawha that they cannot afford to lose.
Mathematically, the Gamecocks need nine points from a possible 12 to lift their maiden league title and earn a ticket to the Caf Champions League as they will reach an unassailable 62 points while the highest that Platinum can reach if they will all their remaining fixtures is 61.
This can be reduced if results go in Chicken Inn’s favour elsewhere in matches involving FC Platinum and Dynamos, especially this weekend.
The matrix will be simpler for Joey Antipas’ men if they win and Platinum, on 49, fail to beat Harare City at Mandava.
Chicken Inn have only been in the league for five years, but have never played in Africa, save for Antipas who took Motor Action in 2011 while the likes of Clemence Matawu have played in Europe and skipper Danny ‘Deco’ Phiri is a Warriors regular.
Goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze is also with the national team as is the duo of Under 23 stars Lawrence Mhlanga and Tafadzwa Kutinyu.
Worse still, Dynamos will be out of the race, unless something dramatic happens, if they cannot beat bitter city rivals Caps United.
Dynamos nearly out of race
After Whawha, Chicken Inn will be at home to struggling Tsholotsho before hosting Harare City at Luveve, and they certainly hope they would have wrapped up proceedings by then.
Second placed Platinum, who are unbeaten since April 10 in 16 matches, can still sneak it if they overcome their biggest hurdle-Harare City in Week 27.
In second place … FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza