Sha­banie Mine piles pres­sure on Blan­ket

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sports - Love­more Zi­gara Gweru Bureau

FOR­MER Pre­mier­ship out­fit Sha­banie Mine main­tained pres­sure on log lead­ers Blan­ket Mine after dis­patch­ing ZRP Beit­bridge 2-0 at Dulivhadz­imu Sta­dium in a Zifa Cen­tral Soc­cer League (CSL) en­counter.

The as­bestos min­ers got their goals cour­tesy of a brace by ex­cit­ing striker Ter­rence Ruk­weza.

The win took Sha­banie’s points tally to 38 and saw them oc­cu­py­ing pole po­si­tion for 24 hours be­fore Blan­ket Mine re­gained top spot fol­low­ing a 2-1 win over neigh­bours Jessie Mine.

Sha­banie Mine coach Tendai Chikuni was over the moon fol­low­ing the win but warned his charges against com­pla­cency as the league goes to­wards the home straight.

“I am happy to have picked up points, es­pe­cially in Beit­bridge where most teams have come back empty handed.

This goes to show that as a team we have char­ac­ter and go­ing for­ward we need to keep the mo­men­tum if we are to win the cham­pi­onship,” said Chikuni.

“This is the crit­i­cal stage of the cham­pi­onship and any slip up will cost us and I am there­fore work­ing on the psy­cho­log­i­cal as­pect of the team.

I have also warned them against com­pla­cency be­cause since the sec­ond half started we are now the team to beat.”

Else­where Ton­gog­ara sur­vived a sec­ond half scare and had to come from a goal down to beat strug­gling Gweru United 2 – 1 at Bat­tle­fields to keep within shout­ing dis­tance of the cham­pi­onship.

The army side has so far amassed 35 points and trail the log lead­ers by four points.

Whawha con­tin­ued with their resur­gence by edg­ing Chrome Stars 1-0 to record their fourth con­sec­u­tive win, a re­sult that pow­ered them into fifth place on the log.

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