Bantu Rovers open with big win

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

BANTU Rovers opened the sec­ond half of the South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One Soc­cer League with an em­phatic 3-1 win over Cas­myn to send a clear mes­sage that they are gun­ning for the ti­tle.

The for­mer Pre­miers h ip side sits at the top of the ta­ble with 40 points from 16 games and en­joys a seven-point lead over sec­ond-placed Ama­ga­gasi, who re­sume the sec­ond half of the sea­son to­mor­row in Vic­to­ria Falls against Black Boots. Ama­ga­gasi can re­duce the gap to four points if they beat Black Boots. A brace by Joshua Wilson and a strike from For­tune Nko­mazana fired Rovers to vic­tory. Nko­mazana, the joint win­ner of the Nokel Security Zifa South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League May top goal scorer ac­co­lade with ex-Ama­ga­gasi for­ward Nhlanhla Ndlovu, took his sea­son’s goals tally to 10. Rovers’ coach Jo­hannes Ngodzo heaped praise on his charges, but still brushed aside cham­pi­onship talk. “It is good to restart with a win and hope­fully we will build from this vic­tory. “We strive to im­prove with every out­ing and we will con­tinue work­ing hard so that we be­come a bet­ter side. “As for the cham­pi­onship, it’s early days to talk about it be­cause we have 14 rounds of games left and we just want to fo­cus on each game at a time,” said Ngodzo. Fourth-placed ZPC Hwange blew an op­por­tu­nity to move a place up the lad­der fol­low­ing their 0-0 draw against Makomo in a Hwange derby. The goal­less draw left the elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tors tied on 31 points with third­placed Bu­l­awayo Chiefs, who have a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence and take on Hwange Un­der-20 at the Col­liery to­mor­row. Ta len V is ion swapped places with Bosso 90, with the for­mer mov­ing from po­si­tion 10 to nine fol­low­ing their slen­der 1-0 win over army side Indlovu Iyany­athela.

Bosso 90, who have amassed 17 points from 16 matches, were held to a 0-0 draw by vis­it­ing Tech­no­sphere.

Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers con­tin­ued with their steady rise on Sun­day, mov­ing two places up the ta­ble from po­si­tion seven to five fol­low­ing a 1-0 win over Zim­babwe Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices side Ntabazin­duna.

Tigers got their goal from Me­likhaya Ncube. — @ZililoR

Bantu Rovers’ coach, Jo­hannes Ngodzo

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