South­ern Re­gion Div 1 takes a break

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

SOUTH­ERN Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League teams will use the next two weeks to re­flect on their first half per­for­mance and plan for the last stanza that be­gins on Au­gust 20.

Musa Man­daza, Zifa South­ern Re­gion chair­man, said the sec­ond half of the sea­son will start with the John Landa Nkomo Liquor Hub Su­per 8 Cup.

The top eight teams at the half­way mark will go into the hat for a draw to be con­ducted dur­ing the Zifa South­ern Re­gion mid-year gen­eral meet­ing on Au­gust 13.

Four Bu­l­awayo teams, ta­ble top­pers Bantu Rovers, Bu­l­awayo Chiefs, Black Boots and ZRP Bu­l­awayo will com­pete with the same num­ber of clubs from Mata­bele­land North Prov­ince, which are in the top eight.

The clubs from Mata­bele­land North that booked places in the John Landa Nkomo Liquor Hub Su­per 8 Cup are Ama­ga­gasi, ZPC Hwange, Tech­no­sphere and Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers.

“We’re on a break and games re­sume on Au­gust 20. We want the sec­ond half of the sea­son to be flaw­less and we will dis­cuss at the meet­ing the is­sue of sec­ond half fix­tures.

‘‘We don’t want to have matches post­poned in the sec­ond half or have some teams on a bye just like what hap­pened in the first half.

‘‘We will also let the clubs know about the John Landa Nkomo Liquor Hub Su­per 8 Cup dates,” said Man­daza.

The break comes at a good time for Bu­l­awayo Chiefs, who fired their tech­ni­cal team led by Anzilom Ndlovu and in­cludes as­sis­tant coach Nkosiyazi Ncube and Joseph Mu­seve on the eve of the away game against ZRP Hwange last week.

Play­ing un­der the su­per­vi­sion of wel­fare man­ager Farai Sibanda, Chiefs beat the po­lice out­fit 3-0, with goals from Stan­ley Ngara and a brace by Proud Zireni.

Love­more Sibanda, Chiefs di­rec­tor said he is not in hurry to ap­point a sub­stan­tive coach.

“I don’t want to rush into ap­point­ing a coach be­cause I may make a wrong de­ci­sion. I want to sober up first, cool down a lit­tle and then make the ap­point­ment.

‘‘I’m sure by the end of the week I would have iden­ti­fied a coach, who will un­der­stand my vi­sion and will also have con­trol over the team,” said Sibanda.

Some of the un­at­tached gaffers that Chiefs might be con­sid­er­ing in­clude na­tional Un­der-20 boys’ coach Mandla Mpofu, Dalubuhle Bhebhe, Tavaka Gumbo and Ron­ald Sibanda.

Mpofu, who is cred­ited for as­sem­bling Rovers’ team that is at the top of the ta­ble, and Bhebhe, who once had a short stint with Chiefs as as­sis­tant to Thu­lani Sibanda last sea­son, are among favourites for the top post. — @ZililoR

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