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Tsholotsho FCa��s fairytale survival story

Sibhekisipho Fayayo
Having finally moved out of the relegation drop zone following a drastic turn of events two weeks ago, Tsholotsho FC has emerged as the only debutants likely to avoid the relegation chop.

With their lack of goals overall and a not so tight defence, the Zhwane Boys look certain to be locked in an intriguing fight for survival.

All their remaining four matches are tricky, meaning that if they drop points they are in danger of being chopped.

But if they are to drop back into the unfashionable Division One league, they will do so kicking and screaming on the pitch and perhaps in the stands.

The work rate and persistence exhibited by the team when they condemned Whawha to Division One was matched by superb support from a huge bank of their fans.

Their noise on the pitch summed up the noise that they have been creating all season long with only four games to go.

Besides being the first team from the rural areas to play in the topflight league, Tsholotsho registered their statement of intent in the field of play during their league opener.

The Zhwane boys shocked their more illustrious and expensively assembled Harare City 1-0 away in Harare.

Their first league match win reverberated far and wide and it also heralded more upsets to come at the hands of the league debutants.

Despite falling to Highlanders in the second match, through a Teenage Hadebe fluke goal, in a match they were clearly the better side, Tsholotsho FC never stopped believing and they did not take long to revert to their biblical Goliath slaying mode.

ZPC Kariba was to become the next victims as they were also beaten 1-0 in their own backyard.

Veteran striker Joel Lupahla made a fairytale return to top flight football as he scored the winner at Nyamhunga in his debut match for Tsholotsho.

How Mine also could not find the formula to stop Iziqholo Zezhwane as they were dismissed 2-1 in an exciting Bulawayo derby.

Tsholotsho goalkeeper Nickel Marichi scored a sensational second half goal directly from a goal-kick to inspire his side to that victory.

Prior to that match the Zhwane Boys had not won at home in 10 league games, and staring relegation, they knew that only a victory would keep their survival hopes alive, and they did just that.

If they are not performing a giant killing act the Zhwane boys will be playing the leaguea��s a�?party spoilersa�? role, a role they have mastered with great aplomb.

FC Platinum and Dynamos have fallen victim to such.

First it was Dembare who were denied an opportunity to close the gap on leaders Chicken Inn.

An own goal by Stephen Alimenda on the stroke of 90 minutes denied them maximum points as they also squandered an opportunity to close the gap at the top after playing out a 1-1 draw with Tsholotsho.

In the reverse fixture the two teams had played out a goalless draw in the capital.

Next it was FC Platinuma��s turn to fall prey.

Looking to cut the gap on leaders Chicken Inn to two points, Platinum fell short despite creating numerous chances and the match ended nil all.

Some of the interesting results Tsholotsho FC have posted this season:

Whawha A�A� A�0 – 2 A�A� A�Tsholotsho

Tsholotsho A�A� A�0 – 0A� Buffaloes

Tsholotsho 1 – 1 A�A�A� A�Dongo

Dynamos 0 – 0A� Tsholotsho

ZPC Kariba 0 – 1A� Tsholotsho

Tsholotsho 0 – 0A� ZPC Kariba

CAPS Utd 1 – 1A� Tsholotsho

Tsholotsho A�A� A�2 – 1 A�A� A�How Mine

Tsholotsho A�A� A�0 – 0A� Buffaloes

Tsholotsho A�A� A�1 – 0A� Whawha