Bantu Rovers op­ti­mistic as they clash against Cas­myn

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo @ZililoR

BANTU Rovers will be hop­ing to cap their fine first half of the South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One Soc­cer League sea­son with a vic­tory against Cas­myn at Turk Mine this af­ter­noon.

The Cas­myn-Rovers en­counter is one of the three matches lined up for the weekend. Rovers are at the top of the ta­ble with 34 points and can stretch the one-point lead they have over sec­ond placed Ama­ga­gasi to four if they pick max­i­mum points at Turk Mine.

The league’s pace­set­ters go into the match bub­bling with con­fi­dence fol­low­ing their 4-0 win against ZRP Hwange and will be hop­ing to beat Cas­myn who held Bulawayo Chiefs 0-0 in their mid­week en­counter.

Rovers who beat Cas­myn 1-0 at Turk Mine last sea­son, cour­tesy of a Zepha­niah Ngodzo strike from a free kick, will have last week scor­ers For­tune Nko­mazana, Joshua Wilson and Le­nience Mpofu lead­ing their strike force.

Ngodzo, Gilbert Banda and Lin­de­lani Ncube are the sea­soned play­ers at Rovers ex­pected to give guid­ance to young­sters who in­clude skip­per Bukhosi Sibanda, Glad­man Bharib­hari, Lucky Ndlela and Den­zel Khu­malo.

Rovers’ coach Jo­hannes Ngodzo said they were ex­pect­ing a tough en­counter but were ready for it.

“We’re ready for the game and we’re look­ing for­ward to a great game. Cas­myn are a good side and the fact that they held Chiefs dur­ing the week shows that they can’t be un­der­rated. We know that be­ing at the top ev­ery­one wants to beat us so we’re ready for the chal­lenge. We re­spect them but we’re hop­ing to get a pos­i­tive re­sult,” said Jo­hannes.

Cas­myn are on po­si­tion 11 with 15 points and a vic­tory over Rovers will take them two places up the lad­der to po­si­tion nine. In other matches, Bulawayo Chiefs will be hop­ing to add more woes to ZRP Hwange and get a vic­tory that will push them into the top three.

Chiefs are fourth on the ta­ble with 28 points and can dis­lodge ZPC Hwange from third if they beat their op­po­nents who were clob­bered 4-0 by Rovers last week.

Today’s win for Chiefs will be a con­fi­dence booster for the team go­ing into the last half.

Tomorrow, Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers wel­come Tech­no­sphere to Chino­timba Sta­dium for the Mata­bele­land North derby.

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