Lunga leads Bosso 90 against Bantu Rovers

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

BOSSO 90’s pint-sized mid­fielder-cum­striker and win­ner of the Nokel Security South­ern Re­gion League Au­gust top goal scorer award Ray Lunga will lead his side’s quest for max­i­mum points against his for­mer pay­mas­ters Bantu Rovers at White City Sta­dium to­mor­row.

Lunga (22), who has scored nine goals in 22 games, re­ceived a boost ahead of the po­ten­tially ex­cit­ing en­counter when Zifa South­ern re­gion de­clared him win­ner of the Au­gust award for his three goals.

Augustine Ndlovu, Zifa South­ern Re­gion ad­min­is­tra­tor, said Lunga would re­ceive his ac­co­lade at his team’s home match next week.

“Lunga will be pre­sented with his $150 award next week for be­ing the league’s top scorer for the month of Au­gust af­ter scor­ing three goals. He beat Bantu Rovers’ pair of For­tune Nko­mazana and Joshua Wil­son, Tashinga Mun­gadze from Black Boots, Indlovu Iyany­athela’s Obe­di­ence Si­wela and Tawanda Muchaya of Talen Vi­sion, who had two goals each,” said Ndlovu.

Al­though Lunga will not be pre­sented his award in to­mor­row’s derby, the diminu­tive for­ward is ex­pected to take his re­cent form to the game and prob­a­bly dis­turb Rovers’ championship charge.

Last week, Bosso 90 nearly spoiled the party for ti­tle chas­ing Ama­ga­gasi by hold­ing them to a 1-1 draw.

Ama­ga­gasi had to come from be­hind to sal­vage a point against the youth­ful Bosso 90 side, whose play­ers are ea­ger to im­press first team coach Erol Ak­bay.

Bosso 90 coach Melusi Sibanda has seen his side putting up an im­proved per­for­mance in the sec­ond half of the sea­son, col­lect­ing 12 points from just seven games.

In the first half of the sea­son, Bosso 90 amassed 16 points from 15 games. They are presently in eighth place on the league ta­ble.

“The first half of the sea­son was a bit tricky in the sense that the boys were still adapt­ing to the Di­vi­sion One league and they seem to be in the groove now.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to the Bantu Rovers game and the boys are rar­ing to go. If you’re play­ing a top team, the guys tend to be ex­cited and want to stand their ground, so I’m also look­ing for­ward to an ex­cit­ing but chal­leng­ing game,” said Sibanda.

Rovers lead the ta­ble with 47 points, two ahead of sec­ond­placed Ama­ga­gasi, and will be hop­ing to bounce back from a shock 1-2 loss to lowly placed Indlovu Iyany­athela.

Rovers will bank on the ex­pe­ri­ence of the for­mer na­tional team duo of Gil­bert Banda and Zepha­niah Ngodzo, ex-Bosso ju­nior Glad­man Bharib­hari, who is also the front run­ner for the Nokel Security Septem­ber top goal scorer award, and the Young War­riors’ pair of Bukhosi Sibanda and Thabo Lunga.

Mean­while, Ama­ga­gasi will face party spoil­ers ZRP Bu­l­awayo, who up­set Bu­l­awayo Chiefs 2-1 last week­end. The Vic­to­ria Falls side can­not af­ford to drop points if they want to keep pres­sure on Rovers.

Chiefs make a road trip to Hwange for a date against Tech­no­sphere. Can­celled pend­ing pay­ment of out­stand­ing af­fil­i­a­tion fees. — @ZililoR

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