Ray Bande Senior Reporter
MUTARE City Rovers will need a miracle for them to survive relegation when the curtain comes down on the 2018 Castle Lager Premiership season, team manager Lyndon Kanyemba has said.
Gusha Bhora seems to have learnt nothing about Premiership survival after they were relegated following a one year stint in the top flight league at the end of the 2016 season.
This year, Mutare City Rovers are once again facing the dreaded chop and what remains of them is just a mathematical, not realistic, chance to find their way out of the drop zone.
The team manager Lyndon Kanyemba concedes that the battle to remain in the top flight league now requires much more than their own abilities on the field of play.
Kanyemba said they now need to win all their remaining matches, a list that also includes away matches against Triangle and Dynamos plus a tricky home encounter against CAPS United.
“I think it is clear that we now need divine intervention for us to evade relegation. It would have been good for our city if we could manage to survive so that we could have two Premiership team together with incoming Manica Diamonds but as things stand we really have to be realistic. I do not think we will be able to survive easily.
“Yes, it is game of football and anything is possible that is the reason we will fight to the bitter end. Things have not been easy throughout the season for the sake of the city and multitudes of football lover s around, we have had to do our best, unfortunately our best was just not enough,” said Kanyemba.
For any other normal club, a two-week break that came with Chibuku Super Cup quarter final matches as well as the international break would have been ample time to strategise, but for Mutare City Rovers it has been a window period for disgruntled players to embark on industrial action n as they continue demanding their dues.
Given this unending player unrest in Mutare City Rovers camp and their current position of the log table, it is difficult for neutrals to imagine the municipality outfit escaping relegation.
Castle Lager Premiership remaining fixtures:
Match Day 30
Mutare City FC v Yadah FC; Chicken Inn FC v Bulawayo Chiefs FC; Nichrut FC v FC Platinum; Triangle FC v Herentals FC; Dynamos FC v Black Rhinos FC; ZPC Kariba FC v Caps United FC; Shabanie Mine v Harare City FC; Highlanders FC v Bulawayo City FC; Ngezi Platinum Stars FC v Chapungu FC:
Match Day 31
Triangle FC v Mutare City FC; Herentals FC v Dynamos FC; Black Rhinos v Nichrut FC; FC Platinum v Chicken Inn FC; Bulawayo Chiefs FC v Shabanie Mine FC; Chapungu FC v Highlanders FC; Bulawayo City FC v ZPC Kariba FC; Harare City FC v Ngezi Platinum Stars FC; Caps United v Yadah FC:
Match Day 32
Mutare City v Caps United FC; Nichrut FC v Herentals FC; Dynamos FC v Triangle FC; Shabanie Mine FC v FC Platinum; Chicken Inn FC v Black Rhinos FC; Ngezi Platinum Stars FC v Bulawayo Chiefs FC; Yadah FC v Bulawayo City FC; ZPC Kariba FC v Chapungu FC; Highlanders FC v Harare City FC:
Match Day 33
Dynamos FC v Mutare City FC; Triangle FC v Nichrut FC; Herentals FC v Chicken Inn FC; Black Rhinos FC v Shabanie Mine FC; Harare City FC v ZPC Kariba FC; Bulawayo Chiefs FC v Highlanders FC; Chapungu FC v Yadah FC; FC Platinum v Ngezi Platinum Stars FC; Bulawayo City FC v Caps United FC:
Match Day 34
Mutare City FC v Bulawayo City FC; Caps United FC v Chapungu FC; ZPC Kariba v Bulawayo Chiefs FC; Yadah FC v Harare City FC; Highlanders FC v FC Platinum; Ngezi PlatinumStars FC v Black Rhinos FC; Nichrut FC v Dynamos FC; Shabanie Mine FC v Herentals FC; Chicken Inn FC v Triangle FC: