Byo Chiefs dom­i­nate in Bantu Rovers clash

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter Grace Chin­goma Harare Bureau

BU­L­AWAYO Chiefs com­pleted a dou­ble over South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League lead­ers Bantu Rovers with a 1-0 win on Satur­day.

Farawo Matare scored the soli­tary goal in the sec­ond half to end ti­tle favourites Rovers’ sev­en­match un­beaten run.

The win en­abled Chiefs to re­duce the gap be­tween them and the log lead­ers to six points af­ter 19 rounds of games. There are now 11 matches re­main­ing in the cam­paign.

Rovers have amassed 44 points while Chiefs are sec­ond sit on 38 points.

The gap could have been smaller had Chiefs not been shocked 0-2 by mid-ta­ble side Talen Vi­sion last week. De­spite beat­ing the ti­tle favourites, Chiefs coach Thu­lani Sibanda said Rovers had given them a tough time.

“It’s good to win against a side that plays good foot­ball and sit at the top of the ta­ble be­cause it boosts play­ers’ con­fi­dence go­ing for­ward.

“I think this win also gives Rovers, who are bet­ter po­si­tioned for the ti­tle, a chance to work on their short­com­ings as they pre­pare for the PSL play-offs at the end of the sea­son.

“As for us, we’re just try­ing to make sure we fin­ish the sea­son strongly and lay a foun­da­tion for next sea­son,” said Sibanda.

Chiefs could be play­ing mind games by rul­ing them­selves out of the cham­pi­onship race to take off pres­sure off their play­ers in the ti­tle fight.

South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League cham­pi­ons will com­pete for the two PSL slots against win­ners of the Cen­tral, East­ern and North­ern re­gions First Di­vi­sion.

Rovers coach Jo­hannes Ngodzo said: “The boys gave a good fight, but it’s un­for­tu­nate that we lost this game.

“Los­ing is part of the game and we have to go back to the draw­ing board and try to work hard so that we get a pos­i­tive re­sult in our next game.”

Third-placed ZPC Hwange were held 0-0 by Tech­no­sphere in a Hwange derby. The pow­er­men have 36 points from 19 matches, eight points be­hind the lead­ers.

Fourth-placed Ama­ga­gasi of Vic­to­ria Falls drew 0-0 away to Ntabazin­duna.

Makomo’s 13-match un­beaten run was ended by a 0-2 loss to Bosso 90, while ZRP Bu­l­awayo beat Talen Vi­sion 2-0 to move a place up the lad­der from po­si­tion nine to eight. — @ZililoR. DY­NAMOS will this week be­gin the process that will cul­mi­nate in the club part­ing ways with coach Lloyd Mu­tasa — ei­ther at the end of the sea­son or even ear­lier than that — with a new tech­ni­cal team set to be named.

The Glam­our Boys’ sea­son ef­fec­tively ended on Sun­day when they crashed out of the Chibuku Su­per Cup at the first round and they are now set to end the sea­son empty handed.

A cri­sis lead­er­ship meet­ing is set to be held ei­ther to­day or to­mor­row to de­cide the way for­ward in the wake of the cri­sis which also saw thou­sands of their fans stay­ing away from the team’s Chibuku Su­per Cup show­down against How Mine at Ru­faro.

“Things are not okay at all. Re­sults are not com­ing and this is not the way Dy­namos play,” club pres­i­dent Kenny Mubaiwa said.

“This week we will have a cru­cial meet­ing so that come 2017 we will have a new (tech­ni­cal) regime at the club.

“The first thing we are go­ing to look at in that

DeMbare club pres­i­dent Kenny Mubaiwa

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