RELEGATION-FIGHTING Bulawayo Jumbos brewed a shocker as they derailed league leaders Bulawayo Chiefs’ Zifa Southern Region Division One campaign with a 1-0 win at home at Brady Barracks on Saturday.
Jumbos eased their relegation woes as they dislodged Victoria Falls-based Mkosana to climb one rung up the ladder to position 11 in the 16-team league.
The loss by Chiefs narrowed the lead, but they remained stagnant on 50 points with seven matches remaining to wrap up the season.
However, the Rahman Gumbo-coached Chiefs could be heaving a sigh of relief as chasing Black Boots were held to a 1-1 draw by former Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Quelaton at Fairbridge.
The police side is now five points behind Bulawayo Chiefs and with a possible 21 points still in place, the race for the sole ticket for qualification to Castle PSL remains wide open.
Another former PSL outfit Bantu Rovers still chasing the title on position three beat Ntabazinduna Prison 1-0 yesterday at Luveve Stadium and are now on 43 points, eight behind Chiefs.
New West City on the fourth spot beat Mkosana 2-1 away from home in Victoria Falls on Saturday.
The race for elevation to top-flight football now appears to be among four sides Chiefs, Black Boots, Tshintsha Guluva and New West.
Tsholotsho FC were on the receiving end once again, losing to Technosphere 1-0 in Hwange and the coal mining town side displaced them from position five as they rose to 37 points.
ZPC Hwange failed to make the trip to Bulawayo for a date with Zimbabwe Saints and Chikwata are likely to be handed three points on a 3-0 score line.
Struggling Ajax Hotspurs are likely to make a return to Division Two as they continue to lose and on Saturday they fell 1-3 to Mpumalanga at White City Stadium.