Zim Un­der-20 player rescues Bantu Rovers

Nichrut sup­port­ers go berserk af­ter de­feat

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sports - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Reporter Love­more Zi­gara in Gweru

A LATE equaliser by na­tional Un­der-20 striker Bukhosi Zakhu Sibanda saw South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One Soc­cer League lead­ers Bantu Rovers sal­vage a point against ZRP Bu­l­awayo, tak­ing their un­beaten run to six games.

Rovers, whose last de­feat was in Week 11 when they lost 0-1 to Bu­l­awayo Chiefs, strug­gled against ZRP Bu­l­awayo, who had shot into a first half lead through Zibu­siso Damba.

De­spite fail­ing to col­lect max­i­mum points, Rovers’ coach Johannes Ngodzo was con­tent with a the 1-1 draw.

“We didn’t play the way we usu­ally do and in foot­ball you can’t be in top form ev­ery day. There are times when you strug­gle and it so hap­pened that we were not at our best against ZRP Bu­l­awayo, but we’re hopeful to build from this re­sult. Col­lect­ing a point is bet­ter if you are not play­ing well than los­ing be­cause to mo­ti­vate the guys af­ter a de­feat is a bit dif­fi­cult,” said Ngodzo.

Rovers are now on 41 points and their lead re­duced from seven points to six af­ter Bu­l­awayo Chiefs beat Indlovu Iyany­athela 2-1.

Chiefs are on 35 points from 17 out­ings and found them­selves on the back foot af­ter Obe­di­ence Si­wela had given Indlovu Iyany­athela an early lead.

Chiefs fought back and replied through ex-Rovers’ util­ity player Moses Ma­jika and Joseph Mu­tam­bi­ranwa.

Thu­lani Sibanda, Chiefs’ coach, was un­moved by their climb.

“Look, when I was re-en­gaged by the club, they told me to re­build for next sea­son and try to lift play­ers’ con­fi­dence, which is com­ing up well. What is im­por­tant is to carry on with the pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, keep on fight­ing and build con­fi­dence. We just tem­po­rar­ily moved into sec­ond place be­cause Ama­ga­gasi have a game in hand and if they win, we’re back in third,” said Sibanda.

Ama­ga­gasi’s out­stand­ing fix­ture is a home tie against Black Boots in Vic­to­ria Falls. VI­O­LENCE erupted at Peak Mine Sta­dium when Nichrut sup­port­ers ran amok and as­saulted Sha­banie Mine play­ers, of­fi­cials and sup­port­ers in an oth­er­wise en­ter­tain­ing Zifa Cen­tral Soc­cer League match at the week­end.

Sha­banie Mine edged Nichrut 1–0. The fra­cas be­gan in the 89th minute as it dawned on Nichrut’s sup­port­ers that their team was go­ing to lose to the as­bestos min­ers, who are yet to drop points dur­ing the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

About a dozen po­lice de­tails that were at the sta­dium failed to con­tain the sit­u­a­tion and Sha­banie Mine coach Tendai Chikuni sus­tained a deep cut on the head af­ter be­ing hit by a mis­sile.

De­spite the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent, Chikuni, who was heav­ily ban­daged, left the sta­dium a happy man af­ter the win that saw them open­ing a three-point lead at the top of the ta­ble.

“This is an un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion which is bad for foot­ball and we do not con­done such kind of be­hav­iour as it is not good for the beau­ti­ful game. How­ever, de­spite all that hap­pened, I am happy that we man­aged to main­tain the mo­men­tum to se­cure max­i­mum points,” said Chikuni.

“This year’s cham­pi­onship race is a marathon and the team that is go­ing to go all the way will have char­ac­ter. I am happy for my boys be­cause they are be­gin­ning to

The re­sort town based club played to a 0-0 stale­mate against Makomo and slipped into third. Ama­ga­gasi have amassed 34 points from 16 games.

Mean­while, Zifa South­ern Re­gion ad­min­is­tra­tor Augustine Ndlovu said clubs that do not ful­fil their games will be fined.

His com­ments come af­ter ZRP Hwange and Tech­no­sphere failed to travel for their re­spec­tive games against Cas­myn and Ntabazin­duna.

“Cas­myn and Ntabazin­duna have been awarded three points each on 3-0 score lines as they walked over ZRP Hwange and Tech­no­sphere, who didn’t travel for their matches. The league will also fine ZRP Hwange and Tech­no­sphere $500 each, which is what was agreed on by the clubs in ef­forts to dis­cour­age walkovers. If they miss two more games, the two clubs will be chucked out of the league,” said Ndlovu. show that even if the odds are against them.”

Re­sults: MSU 1 – 1 Blan­ket Mine, Whawha 2 – 1 Vum­bachikwe, ZRP Gwanda

3 – 0 Chrome Stars, Ton­gog­ara 3 – 0 ZRP Beit­bridge, FC Plat­inum U19 1 – 0 Jessie Mine, Nichrut 0 – 1 Sha­banie Mine, ZPC Mun­y­ati 0 – 2 Ivan Hoe, Gweru United 2 – 3 Kwekwe Sables. — @lavuzi­gara1

Sha­bane Mine play­ers cel­e­brat­ing

Bukhosi Zakhu Sibanda

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