Di­vi­sion 1 pace­set­ters clash

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

FIRE­WORKS are ex­pected at Lu­veve Sta­dium to­mor­row when South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One Soc­cer League lead­ers Bantu Rovers take on sec­ond placed Bulawayo Chiefs with the hope of ex­tend­ing their un­beaten run to eight games.

Chiefs will be aim­ing to com­plete a dou­ble against the run­away lead­ers who they beat 1-0 in the first leg played in June.

Rem­ming­ton Ma­suku who has since left Chiefs for Botswana’s Premier­ship side Mochudi Cen­tre Chiefs scored the soli­tary goal that sunk Rovers.

The former Premier­ship side man­aged to pick them­selves up from the Chiefs loss and in the process col­lected 17 points from a pos­si­ble 21, from five wins and two draws.

Rovers go into to­mor­row’s game bub­bling in con­fi­dence fol­low­ing last week­end’s 3-0 away win against ta­ble an­chors ZRP Hwange.

Nokel Se­cu­rity Zifa South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League May and July Top Goal Scorer For­tune Nko­mazana, Joshua Wil­son and Sean Har­ri­son scored for Rovers in Hwange.

On the other hand Chiefs are a wounded lion af­ter suc­cumb­ing to a 0-2 loss to Talen Vi­sion in a match where se­nior play­ers Joseph Mu­tam­bi­ranwa and Moses Ma­jika missed penal­ties.

Chiefs coach Thu­lani Sibanda is wary of Rovers.

“I think it’s go­ing to be a good game and Bantu Rovers are a good side and en­joy­ing great form.

“It’s tricky fac­ing a side like that but we’re go­ing to give our all and fight to the best of our abil­ity. Hope­fully we’re go­ing to get a good re­sult,” said Sibanda.

Chiefs will bank on strik­ers Adrian Banana, Farai Matare and Kundishora Chakanyuka for search of goals while De­sire Shum­ban­hete, Mu­tam­bi­ranwa and Ma­jika will be thrust in mid­field.

Rovers coach Jo­hannes Ngodzo is hope­ful of a fruit­ful out­ing.

“Ob­vi­ously we strive to con­tinue on a pos­i­tive foot­ing ev­ery time we get to the ground. We’re look­ing for­ward to main­tain­ing our good run and the guys have been work­ing hard to make sure that we get a pos­i­tive re­sult,” said Ngodzo.

Rovers will bank on, among other sea­soned play­ers, Zepha­niah Ngodzo, Lin­de­lani Vice Ncube, Nko­mazana, Wil­son and striker Le­nience Mpofu.

They also have former na­tional team de­fender Gilbert Banda, na­tional Un­der-20 striker Bukhosi Sibanda, Glad­man Bharib­hari and Den­zel Khu­malo.

Mean­while, ZPC Hwange faces Tech­no­sphere in a Hwange derby while Vic­to­ria Falls based side Ama­ga­gasi are away to Ntabazin­duna.

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