Ton­gog­ara edge Sha­banie Mine

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara in Gweru

ARMY side Ton­gog­ara main­tained pres­sure on log lead­ers Blan­ket Mine by edg­ing former Premier­ship side Sha­banie Mine 1-0 in a Zifa Cen­tral Soc­cer League en­counter at Bat­tle­fields.

Maxwell Mu­zondo struck the soli­tary goal early in the first half for the hosts to col­lect max­i­mum points and to take his goal tally to nine.

The week­end re­sult left Ton­gog­ara on 32 points, a point adrift of Blan­ket Mine, who beat Kwekwe Sables 2-0.

Teams that pre­vi­ously topped the league ta­ble half­way through the sea­son have gone on to win pro­mo­tion into the Premier­ship since the CSL’s es­tab­lish­ment in 2010.

How­ever, Ton­gog­ara coach Ig­natius Kap­i­tapita be­lieves it is still game on and ta­bles could be turned dur­ing the home stretch.

“It’s still too early to talk about the cham­pi­onship and as a club we are still tak­ing each game as it comes. We are hop­ing that as the sea­son pro­gresses we will go on top and pos­si­bly se­cure the cham­pi­onship,” said Kap­i­tapita.

Sha­banie Mine coach Tendai Chikuni blamed his side’s loss on the poor Bat­tle­fields turf, but re­mained up­beat that his charges would mount a se­ri­ous chal­lenge for the ti­tle in the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

“I’m happy with the way things have turned out so far. At the be­gin­ning of the sea­son, we had tar­geted to col­lect at least 30 points by this stage, but we missed that tar­get by a point, which is not bad. I’m con­fi­dent we will do well in the sec­ond half of the sea­son be­cause the young team we’ve built is show­ing signs of ma­tu­rity at this stage of the com­pe­ti­tion,” Chikuni said.

Mean­while, the CSL man­age­ment has an­nounced that league ac­tion will re­sume on Au­gust 6.

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