Zifa Southern Region Division One outfit Tsholotsho FC has a chance to spring back to the championship race when they lock horns with basement side Rufaro Rovers in a league match in Hwange tomorrow.
Tsholotsho had claimed the dark horse tag in the league, but faltered last weekend when they lost 1-2 to Mpumalanga at home.
The Lizwe Sweswe-coached Tsholotsho are on position four on the log table with 32 points, 14 points behind league leaders Bulawayo Chiefs and have only 10 matches remaining to the end of the season to put a fight for the sole ticket from promotion to the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.
Playing away from home could be another setback for Tsholotsho although they will take on struggling Rufaro Rovers who have only three matches in 19 outings. The challenge would seem insurmountable as Chiefs (46 points), second-placed Black Boots, 38 points and Bantu Rovers with 35 points, have made their intentions of winning the title clear.
Chiefs last week beat Ntabazinduna Prison 1-0 to stretch the lead, but tomorrow they will have a tricky encounter against unpredictable Mpumalanga in Hwange.
Black Boots have what looks like an easy assignment against struggling Ajax Hotspurs at Luveve Stadium away from home where they lost 0-1 to Bantu Rovers last week.
Another exciting encounter is on offer at Luveve when Bantu Rovers clash with tricky fifth-placed Technosphere (31 points) before the Black Boots or Hotspurs match. Zimbabwe Saints on position six also with 31 points, will play Hwange Juniors at Luveve Stadium on Sunday.
ZPC Hwange are away to Ntabazinduna Prison on Sunday while the match between New West City and city neighbours Quelaton has been postponed, probably because the latter has most of their players in the Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Youth Games men’s football team.
Bulawayo Jumbos will travel to Victoria Falls for Mkosana tomorrow.