Zim stars fight relegation

The three Zimbabwean players at South African First Division side, Witbank Spurs, could be forced to switch base or go a rung down at the end of this season.


The Mpumalanga-based side are not safe from relegation, as they lie 11th on the 16-team log, with just six games remaining in the season. Spurs have three Zimbabwean players in their ranks – striker Ralph Matema and the Mubaiwa twins, Peter and Patrick, who skippers the side.

One of the top teams for a better part of the last decade, they find themselves in unfamiliar territory this season – just 18 points from bottom club, Blackburn Rovers, who have played the same number of games.

Mubaiwa was hopeful that the club, which could qualify for a play-off position at the end of the season should they win all their remaining fixtures, would still bounce back and survive.

“At the moment things are hectic for us and it is true that we are fighting relegation, something that was not our target at the start of the season,” he said.

Spurs had been tipped to be among clubs fighting for at least a play-off position, before they fell off the race after they posted a number of poor results midway into the season. A number of draws from games that could have easily been wins changed their season from a hitherto promising one to one of their worst in years.

The former Young Warriors attacking midfielder said things were getting better though, as they had regained their confidence. “Everything is looking good now and the players are working hard and focused. It has only been luck that has been deserting us,” he said.

Mubaiwa, who has scored four goals for the lower division side so far this season, said he was still determined to bang more goals and help his long-time club survive the axe. Spurs have former Dynamos defender Shepherd Murape as their coach.

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