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Advantage Platinum... but title war ain't over

[Posted 12 Oct 2011]
[By Beezsports Reporter]
Advantage Platinum... but title war ain"t over

FC Platinum holds a four-point advantage over the closent rival in Zimbabwe's Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, but the battle for the title is far from being over yet. even with just five matches remaining.

The Zvishavane based asbestos miners currently sit on top with 49 points after 25 matches, and are involved in three-man horse with perennial title fighters Dynamos of Harare, and defending champions Motor Action (43 points) whose campaign appears to have terribly gone off-rails of late.

Joey Antipas' Mighty Bulls appeared to have been on course to defend a titl e they won for the firt time evr last season, but allowed the expensively assembled FC Platinum to catch up with them, and the two of them were involved in a ding-dong fight, tied on same points and nearly same number of goals for several weeks.

The Bulls have unfortunately suffered successive defeats against CAPS United and Blue Ribbon  to fall six points behind the pace-setters, and two points behind Dembare.

Dynamos themselves, wrote a remarkable come-back story, choking impressive victory after impressive victory and until their fall at Mucheke Stadium last weekend, had come to within a point of leaders Platinum.

The loss to Masvingo, coupled with a victory for FC Platinum in Harare against Shooting Stars, meant Dembare are now four points adrift of the log leaders.

There are tricky fixtures facing the two top teams, to give the Bulls hope of a come-back in the final five matches.

FC Platinum have to play high-riding Gunners away from home in the 26th week, after which they have to contend with a Zvishavane derby against Shabanie FC in week 27. They then travel to Harare to meet unpredictable former champions Monomotapa in the 28th week. The asbestos miners have to deal with a top of the table clash against tough opponents Dynamos in week 29, before rounding up the capaign with a tricky assignment against relegation haunted Shooting Stars. 

There is a possibility that the leaders may fail to ganner even half of the 15 points on offer between week 25 and week 30, and that may hand-over advantage to the chasing duo of Dynmos and the Bulls.

Dynamos are not any luckier. They have Highlanders to deal with this coming weekend. In week 27 Dembare have to contend with Hwange, who are not exactly out of contention for the title as yet, and may be realistically fighting for second place which guarantees them Champions League action next season. Thats a tough match to look forward to.

Dynamos' list of upcoming matches, from their fans' perspective, reads like a script from hell. In week 28, Dembare faces Motor Action, before travelling to Zvishavane to engage log leaders Platinum in a defining match of the title race, before wrapping up the season with stubborn Kiglon who have always sought to surprise their more fancied opponents.

While the Bulls appear to have relatively easier assignments to any of their fellow title contestants, their indifferent form does not exactly put them in a better position at all. In any case, Motor Action have to contend with Dynamos and Gunners  and have to travel to Shabanie mine in some of their remaining fixtures. With a good focus, the Bulls should be able to collect more than half of the points on offer in all their remainig games. 

After all has been said and done, the point remains. A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. FC PLatinum still has to fight the battle for the title with Dynaoos and Motor Action until the end, but in the mean time they can enjoy their advantage, which could prove to be decisive at the end of the day given the toughness of the remaining fixtures for all title aspirants.

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