Ivan Hoe take aim at Sha­banie

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ZIFA Cen­tral Soc­cer League (CSL) dark horses Ivan Hoe are ea­ger to stop Sha­banie Mine in its tracks when the two sides clash at Amaveni Sta­dium in a league fix­ture this af­ter­noon.

Sha­banie Mine have opened a three point lead at the sum­mit of the log stand­ings after win­ning all the six matches they have played so far dur­ing the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

The as­bestos min­ers are on 47 points, three ahead of Blan­ket Mine while their ad­ver­saries this af­ter­noon are nine points be­hind hav­ing man­aged 38 points. Ivan Hoe how­ever, have a game in hand after their ini­tial mid­week fix­ture against read­mit­ted ZRP Beit­bridge was resched­uled to a later date.

What makes to­day’s match in­trigu­ing is that both sides have been the most con­sis­tent teams in the sec­ond half of the sea­son with the hosts hav­ing dropped only two points from the five matches they have played so far.

Ivan Hoe failed to col­lect max­i­mum points when they drew one all against hote­liers Nichrut at home.

For­mer Lan­cashire Steel de­fen­sive mid­fielder Isaac Nyab­vure, who is now in charge of Ivan Hoe, said they are ready for the Chinda Boys ad­ding that they would want to avenge the 0-1 loss they suf­fered at the hands of the as­bestos min­ers at Ma­glas Sta­dium in the re­verse fix­ture.

He said: “We know it is go­ing to be a tough match but we are ready for them. We are also un­beaten and we want to main­tain our fine run and the only way to cap it is to beat the log lead­ers. This is also a re­venge mis­sion,” he said.

His coun­ter­part, Tendai Chikuni, was cau­tious ahead of the match say­ing he is “tak­ing each game as it comes.”

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