Bantu Rovers lead Di­vi­sion One league

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

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.

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