THE precarious position that Premiership club Tsholotsho FC find themselves in is likely to have a ripple effect on the relegation dynamics at second tier league, the Zifa Southern Region.
Tsholotsho are in 15th position with 13 points from 21 games, at par with fellow relegation candidates Border Strikers.
In the event that Tsholotsho FC are demoted back to Division One football, the result would have a bearing on the number of teams that the Zifa Southern Region will have to axe back to division two.
Southern Region chairman Musa Mandaza explained:
a�?A decision on the number of teams that will be relegated will be made as we get to the end of the season. A number of factors will be considered, the first being the future of Tsholotsho FC in the Premiership.
a�?We obviously want Tsholotsho FC to stay up there (in the PSL) but in the event they are relegated then our league will also be affected. The second issue is that when our league started in April we had 18 teams but unfortunately two pulled out so the board will have to make a decision on whether we stick to a 16-team league or increase to the initial 18 next year,a�? said Mandaza.
National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Trumus both gave up their franchises citing financial constraints.
The former relinquished their status and are no longer playing football while the latter are playing in Division Two.
As it stands in the Southern Region ZRP Hwange anchor the log table with nine points from 15 games.
Makomo, Hwange Under-20 and Indlovu Iyanyathela are also deep in the relegation zone with the same number of points, 14.
Meanwhile, league action resumes when log leaders Bantu Rovers welcome Zimbabwe Republic Police Bulawayo Province at Luveve Stadium while Bosso90 travel to Victoria Falls Tigers in the resort town.
Both games are on Sunday.
Saturday 3 September
Makomo vs Amagagasi (Hwange),
Casmyn vs ZRP Hwange (Turk Mine), Talen VisionA� vs Hwange U20 (White City), ZPC Hwange vsA�A� A�Black Boots (Hwange)
Sunday 4 September
Bulawayo Chiefs vs Indlovu Iyanyathela (Luveve), Ntabazinduna vs Technosphere (Ntabazinduna), Bantu Rovers vs ZRP Byo Province (Luveve), Vic Falls Tigers vs Bosso 90 (Vic Falls).