Before Wednesday’s matches Motor Action led second placed Platinum by four points. Although they still lead the table with 25 points from 12 games, they are now just two points ahead of second placed Platinum who now have 23 points after plundering two goals past Highlanders at their new home ground Mandava Stadium on the same day the Mighty Bulls were dropping points.
This is Highlanders’ second defeat in a row after losing their last match 2-0 to Motor Action, and the Bulawayo giants, who still remain pegged on 20 points have slipped to fifth position behind Bulawayo rivals Chicken Inn, and CAPS United who hammered Masvingo United 4-1 at the National Sports Stadium.
CAPS United who got three goals from Simba Sithole have also moved to 20 points, but are now above Bosso on goal difference. Bosso have to improve on their form if they are to remain in contention for the title they last won eight or so years ago.
But Highlanders’ neighbours and newly promoted Chicken Inn are doing well and their 3-1 win over Kiglon have seen them jump into third place, raising hope among their fans that they might become the fourth small after Gunners, Monomotapa, and Motor Action to wrest the league title from traditional giants, Dynamos and Highlanders.
Chicken Inn beat Kiglon 3-1 in Bulawayo Wednesday in a week in which all Premier Soccer League clubs are being forced to play two games each to cover up for last week’s matches which were cancelled to pave way for the Warriors participation in the African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Eagles of Mali which they won 2-1.
FC Platinum will travel to Hwange while Highlanders have a Bulawayo derby against Zimbabwe Saints. CAPS United will take on Harare rivals, Monomotapa at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday.
On the same weekend, Motor Action will remain in Harare where they will play unpredictable Kiglon, but this time, away from their fortress of Motor Action Club, and most probably, at Gwanzura Stadium, as Dynamos have a home match against Blue Ribbon at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
The Green Machine of CAPS United are back in contention for the title after dropping crucial four points in the 1-0 defeat to Hwange and the draw against Black Mambas that saw their supporters rising up against coach Moses Chunga.
Despite calls for his sacking Chunga has the support of the directors of the team and has remained in charge of the Green Machine, leading them to a 5-1 destruction of Kiglon before the heavy win over Luke Masomere’s inconsistent Masvingo side.
Despite the setback against Hwange, Motor Action still remain the team to beat because of their consistency and are favourites to take a second title in a row.
The Mighty Bulls have so far beaten all of Zimbabwe’s most famours clubs, Dynamos, CAPS United, and Highlanders in all the league matches they have met so far.
What is even convincing about Motor Action is the fact that they even beat Highlanders right at Barbourfields Stadium where the Bulawayo rarely lose especially against top class opposition, and also beat Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium.
The last team to win back to back titles was CAPS United way back in 2004 and 2005 under the coaching guidance of Charles Mhlauri. But if Motor Action’s performance so far is anything to go by, then the club is on course to equal that achievement.
The Premier Soccer League programme is pencilled to go on break at the halfway mark before the end of this month, where the PSL leadership is expected to open the transfer window for clubs to purchase new players or offload those whom they deem to be excess baggage.