Bantu Rovers lead Division One league
SOUTHERN Region Division One League leaders Bantu Rovers will seek to maintain their seven-point lead when they take on tricky ZRP Bulawayo at Luveve Stadium on Sunday.
The former Premier Soccer League side sits at the top of the table with 40 points from 16 games and appears to be in control of their championship destiny.
After bowing out of the Raj Modi-sponsored John Landa Nkomo Top 8 Tournament following a 1-2 loss to Bulawayo Chiefs, Rovers, who rested their entire squad for the cup game and fielded a youthful side, are confident of beating ZRP Bulawayo.
On paper, ZRP Bulawayo have a strong squad with a number of players with Premiership experience.
They have skipper Patrick Mpofu, ex-Highlanders and How Mine midfielder Louis Matawu, Benboy Chinyanga and Kelvin Sibanda, among other players.
Rovers’ hopes rest on veterans Zephaniah Ngodzo and Lindelani Vice Ncube, as well as Young Warriors’ striker Bukhosi Sibanda, Gladman Bharibhari and Denzel Khumalo.
A defeat for Rovers could see second-placed Amagagasi closing in on the table toppers in the event that they beat Makomo in Hwange tomorrow.
Makomo are no pushovers and Amagagasi should expect a tough encounter against the coalmining town club coached by Tapela Ngwenya.
Another game that promises to be a thriller is the Bulawayo Chiefs-Indlovu Iyanyathela clash set for Luveve on Sunday.
Chiefs are championship dark horses and although they claim to be out of the title race, they pose a threat to other teams and will want to keep up with the leading pack. — @ZililoR.