Bantu Rovers crush cops, main­tain pole po­si­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Reporter

BANTU Rovers main­tained pole po­si­tion in the Zifa South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One League fol­low­ing a 4-0 thump­ing of ZRP Hwange at Lu­veve Sta­dium last Satur­day.

The vic­tory took Rovers’ points tally to 34, one ahead of sec­ond-placed Ama­ga­gasi, who also col­lected max­i­mum points against Bu­l­awayo Chiefs at the week­end.

Rovers’ coach Jo­hannes Ngodzo was happy with his play­ers’ con­ver­sion rate, say­ing they worked hard for the win over ZRP Hwange.

For­tune Nko­mazana, joint win­ner of the Nokel Se­cu­rity South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One top goal scorer ac­co­lade for May with ex-Ama­ga­gasi for­ward Nh­lanhla Ndlovu, took his sea­son’s goals tally to eight af­ter scor­ing a brace for Rovers.

The log lead­ers’ other goals came from Joshua Wil­son and Le­nience Mpofu.

“I’m happy with the win and the guys have re­ally been amaz­ing. They’ve been work­ing hard with ev­ery pass­ing week and we con­tinue to learn and cor­rect mis­takes af­ter each game. We’re not car­ried away with be­ing at the top of the ta­ble and what is im­por­tant is not to suc­cumb to pres­sure that comes with be­ing the team to beat. We’re brac­ing for a tough sec­ond half of the sea­son,” said Ngodzo.

Rovers gave former na­tional team and High­landers cap­tain Gil­bert Banda some game time, the dread­locked de­fender re­plac­ing the in­jured Crispen Ncube.

Banda has been brought in to add depth at Rovers and his ex­pe­ri­ence is ex­pected to come in handy in the sec­ond half of the sea­son when the ti­tle race gets tougher.

Teams ex­pected to give Rovers a good run in the cham­pi­onship race are Ama­ga­gasi, who beat Chiefs 1-0 at Chino­timba Sta­dium, Vic­to­ria Falls.

Ama­ga­gasi scored through Bright Dzowa to pun­ish Chiefs, who missed a penalty through Proud Zireni.

Chiefs are fourth with 27 points from 13 matches and can end the first half of the sea­son with 33 points and maybe move to sec­ond po­si­tion de­pend­ing on the num­ber of goals they would scored in the two games in hand they have.

Anzilom Ndlovu, look­ing for­ward to Cas­myn.

“I think the game against Cas­myn will be tough and we’ve to show char­ac­ter af­ter this de­feat. We can’t think a lot about the loss to Ama­ga­gasi, but we can change our des­tiny by be­ing in the right mind­set when we play the Chiefs’ coach, is to­mor­row’s match against our mid­week en­counter,” said Ndlovu.

Anzilom Ndlovu

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