By Vincent Muchena
It is still game on in the Chihota-based Zifa Mashonaland East Division Three league as the competition enters the penultimate stage.
However, log leaders St Lucy seem to be running away with the championship as they have opened a two point lead ahead of second-placed Bombers.
St Lucy sent their message loud and clear during the last round of matches by collecting maximum points against New Stars whom they beat 2-1.
On the other hand, second-placed Eastern Bombers who are hot in pursuit of the pace setters suffered a huge set back when they were held to a goalless draw by another high riding team Chipembere who are sitting on third position.
St Lucy who have played 16 games and still have another game in hand have so far amassed 42 points, while Eastern Bombers have played 17 games and managed to accrue 40 points, two points less than the log leaders.
If St Lucy wins their next match, they would have made life very difficult for Eastern Bombers, who are then set to fight for runners up with third placed Chipembere. St Lucy will be guaranteed of a berth in the Second Division League next year.
From the look of things, Chipembere is out of the equation to fight for the second position unless a miracle happens as they have only managed to collect 33 points from 17 games, seven points less from Eastern Bombers.
However, while it is dog eat dog at the top of the league table, life is different at the other end of the table where White House are desperately trying to keep their heads above water to survive the throat-cutting competition.
The beleaguered team has played 17 games and only managed to acquire 13 points, whilst Bullet Hill who are sitting on second from last position played 13 games and accumulated 14 points. However, the team still has survival chances as it has 14 points from 13 games, four games less than troubled White House.
If Bullet Hill wins at least two of its outstanding games, they will lift themselves from the relegation zone, leaving Bruno and White House in fire fighting situations.