THE Premiership race took a new twist on Wednesday afternoon when Dynamos were dethroned from pole position after a 0-2 loss to hosts FC Platinum at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane.
It was advantage to Highlanders who had an easy assignment against relegation candidate Tripple B at Barbourfields (BF) on the same day.
They beat the league debutants 4-1 to secure the top spot with 44 points.
Harare City who were on second position also drew 1-all with Black Mambas. As it stands, Dynamos, Harare City and FC Platinum are tied on 42 points only separated by goal difference and are two points shy of Highlanders.
The loss to FC Platinum by Dynamos and the 4-1 win to Tripple B by Highlanders propelled the Bulawayo giants to the top of the log.
Highlanders have played second fiddle to the Glamour Boys for the greater part of the season on the log standings.
With continued defeats haunting the Dynamos camp, heads are to roll and pressure will be on Kalisto Pasuwa and his technical team.
The poor show in the BancABC Sup8r, Mbada Diamonds Cup and the league is cause for concern and may cause a casualties in the coaching department.
Turbulent times are reckoning in the Dynamos ship as the league – their remaining silverware hope – is slowly slipping out of hand if the winless streak continues.
This weekend eight matches are lined up for the PSL as the league enters the twilight stage.
Dynamos will be hosting the league’s whipping boys Tripple B at Rufaro Stadium.
With a bruised ego, the defending champions will unleash their anger on the relegation candidates.
Dynamos have been winless in the last four games.
The 2-4 drubbing at the Colliery opened the flood gates for the Glamour Boys.
Dynamos succumbed to their first loss to FC Platinum since the Zvishavane side was promoted to the top flight three years ago.
It was a sweet revenge for Lloyd Mutasa, a former Dynamos coach, Pasuwa’s predecessor.
Restoration of pride will be Dynamos’ mission on Sunday as they will be seeking to keep within distance of the log leaders Highlanders.
Tripple B are not a threat to the Glamour Boys but the defending champions will need to treat the Beitbridge side with caution as they may spoil their party.
Log leaders Highlanders have a tricky fixture against Black Rhinos at Rimuka Stadium in Kadoma. Coming from a 4-1 win over Tripple B, Bosso will be looking for an extension of their winning streak.
However, the army side’s Rimuka fortress is a tricky hunting ground.
No team has either scored or won in Rimuka garrison since the army side relocated to the City of Gold, Kadoma.
FC Platinum, Shabanie Mine and Dynamos have all failed to score in Rimuka and it will be a test of character for Kelvin Kaindu and his lads to break the home record of Black Rhinos.
Black Rhinos are fighting relegation while Highlanders have the league Championship to worry about.
The match promises to be a thriller that will light up Kadoma as the black and white impi descends on Kadoma.
Elsewhere, Triangle host FC Platinum who are basking in the glory of defeating Dynamos at Gibbo Stadium in Triangle on Sunday.
The match is important for the Zvishavane miners as they seek to keep pressure on log leaders Highlanders.
FC Platinum are trailing the Bulawayo giants by two points.
The match may go either way as the Gishon Ntini-coached side are looking forward to a top eight finish and have everything to fight for in the match.
CAPS United who are on a resurgence are also eyeing the title though trailing the leaders by five points.
Their double win against Chicken Inn in the Mbada Diamonds Cup and the league with identical 2-1 scorelines keeps CAPS United fans’ heads high.
The Green Machine will be playing in a Harare derby against Black Mambas on Saturday at Morris Depot.
Black Mambas will not take the game lightly as they need to keep away from the murky waters and a win tomorrow will push them up the ladder.
Chicken Inn who have lost twice to CAPS in a week, host Hwange who have relegation worries.
The coalminers will be in need of a win to keep clear of relegation.
Harare City who seem to be running out of steam travel to Bulawayo for a date against giant killers How Mine at Luveve on Sunday afternoon.
It will not be a walk in the park for City as Dynamos and Highlanders lost twice each to How Mine this season.
Shabanie Mine play host to troubled Monomotapa while another relegation candidate Motor Action travel to Mutare for a date with Buffaloes.