South­ern Re­gion post­pones week­end matches

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

THE on­go­ing ZRP Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral’s Gala and the Zim­babwe Na­tional Youth Games have forced the South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One Soc­cer League to post­pone three matches that were sched­uled for this week­end to Wed­nes­day.

Au­gus­tine Ndlovu, the Zifa South­ern Re­gion ad­min­is­tra­tor, said the resched­uled games are the ZRP Hwange ver­sus ZRP Bu­l­awayo, Hwange Un­der-20s clash with Bu­l­awayo Chiefs and the Ama­ga­gasi and Black Boots tie.

“The po­lice force sides ZRP Hwange, ZRP Bu­l­awayo and Black Boots are com­pet­ing at the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral’s Gala in Harare and for that rea­son we’ve had to post­pone their fix­tures. Hwange Un­der-20 have a bulk of their play­ers rep­re­sent­ing Mata­bele­land North Prov­ince at the Na­tional Youth Games, which are un­der­way in Chin­hoyi.

We don’t want to have a fix­ture back­log like what hap­pened in the first half (of the sea­son) and that is why they will all play midweek games,” said Ndlovu.

The de­vel­op­ment means Bantu Rovers may stretch their lead over sec­ond-placed Ama­ga­gasi to seven points in the event that they beat Cas­myn at Lu­veve Sta­dium to­mor­row.

Rovers be­gin the sec­ond half of the sea­son at the top of the ta­ble with 37 points and are brac­ing for tough games in the fi­nal stanza.

The ta­ble top­pers beat Cas­myn 1-0 in Turk Mine cour­tesy of a goal by Rovers’ cap­tain and na­tional Un­der-20 striker Bukhosi Sibanda. Jo­hannes Ngodzo, Rovers’ coach, said they’re ready for the gold min­ers.

“We’re not think­ing about the ti­tle, but win­ning the game ahead of us. Cas­myn are a good side and we’re look­ing for­ward to a com­pet­i­tive out­ing. Be­ing at the top of the ta­ble has its own pres­sure be­cause ev­ery team wants to beat you and I think this is where we need to show char­ac­ter,” said Ngodzo.

For­mer na­tional team de­fend­ers Zepha­niah Ngodzo and Gil­bert Banda, ex-Chiefs de­fender Lin­de­lani Ncube and striker Le­nience Mpofu are the play­ers Rovers will be hop­ing to build on as they mount a chal­lenge for a re­turn to the Premier­ship.

They can also sum­mon the prow­ess of young­sters Sibanda, Glad­man Bharib­hari, Lucky Ndlela and Den­zel Khu­malo. Fourth-placed ZPC Hwange will move a place up the lad­der and dis­lodge Chiefs if they beat Makomo in a Hwange derby.

The two played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, with Makomo get­ting their goal from Love­more Dube, while ZPC Hwange’s strike came from Mor­gan Ny­athi.

On Sun­day, Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers wel­come Ntabazin­duna in Chino­timba. - @ZililoR

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