Joey An­tipas in good start at Amazulu

Sha­banie Mine back on top

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara in Gweru Ray­mond Jar­avaza Sports Correspondent

SHA­BANIE Mine pow­ered their way back to the top of the Cen­tral Soc­cer League (CSL) af­ter dis­miss­ing Whawha 2–0 at Ma­glas Sta­dium in Zvisha­vane on Sun­day.

The as­bestos min­ers took ad­van­tage of pre­vi­ous log lead­ers Blan­ket Mine’s 1-1 stale­mate against FC Plat­inum Un­der-19 to go to the top.

For­mer War­riors de­fender Zvenyika Makonese was on target for Sha­banie Mine, tak­ing his goal tally to three this sea­son, and Lloyd Gw­e­rina sealed vic­tory for the home team.

The win took the Zvisha­vane side to 41 points, one above Blan­ket Mine.

Tendai Chikuni, the Sha­banie Mine gaffer, said he would not read much into the de­vel­op­ments, but fo­cus on the re­main­ing matches of the cam­paign.

“The league is still a long way to go and for us to be back on top shows that we have char­ac­ter, es­pe­cially as we move to­wards the twi­light stages of the cam­paign. How­ever, we want to fo­cus on our per­for­mance and en­sure that we pick as much points as possible and not read much into what other clubs are do­ing,” said Chikuni.

In other matches, Ton­gog­ara dropped five points adrift of the new log lead­ers when they were held to a goal­less draw by ZPC Mun­y­ati.

The army side has no win in its last three games and is slowly fal­ter­ing in the race for the cham­pi­onship.

At the tail-end are Gweru United, who continued sink­ing deeper in the rel­e­ga­tion waters af­ter los­ing 0-2 to Jessie Mine.

Kwekwe Sables, who had been at the base­ment for the past 10 weeks, recorded their sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son by beat­ing Chrome Stars 1–0. FOR­MER Chicken Inn coach Joey An­tipas won the bat­tle of Zim­bab­wean coaches in his maiden South African Na­tional First Di­vi­sion (NFD) game when his side AmaZulu over­came Black Leop­ards 2-1.

Leop­ards are coached by Jairos Tapera, a for­mer Zim­babwe Un­der-20 coach.

Their sides clashed at the Princess Ma­gogo Sta­dium in Dur­ban on Sun­day.

An­tipas told the club’s web­site that de­spite the win, his team, which is ea­ger for a re­turn to the more lu­cra­tive Absa Premier­ship, still had a long way to go.

Usuthu, as AmaZulu are af­fec­tion­ately known, were rel­e­gated from the Premier­ship in the 2014/15 sea­son.

“It’s al­ways im­por­tant to start well be­cause if you win your open­ing game, the con­fi­dence creeps into the play­ers, which is good. I’d say that we gave a good ac­count of our­selves al­though it’s still early days. We have a lot of work to do,” said An­tipas.

“I be­lieve if we con­tinue in the di­rec­tion we are go­ing, we could be a team that is dif­fi­cult to beat. There’s a lot of hard work still to do in all ar­eas. I’m happy with the re­sult, but there’s still a lot of work to do be­cause all the 16 teams are vy­ing for the cham­pi­onship,” he said.

AmaZulu got the opener cour­tesy of vet­eran and for­mer South African in­ter­na­tional striker Siyabonga Nomvethe and Lun­gelo Dlamini. Leop­ards pulled one back through Rog­gert Nyundu.

Joey An­tipas

Zvenyika Makonese

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