Di­vi­sion One last matches to be played simultaneously

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

SOUTH­ERN Re­gion Di­vi­sion One Soc­cer League teams will play their last five matches simultaneously to avoid ma­nip­u­la­tion of games.

Three teams, lead­ers Bantu Rovers, Ama­ga­gasi and Bu­l­awayo Chiefs are in the ti­tle fight, with fourth­placed ZPC Hwange be­ing the cham­pi­onship’s dark horses.

Rovers with 47 points en­joy a two-point lead over sec­ond placed Ama­ga­gasi while Chiefs are at third and trail the pace­set­ters by three points.

“With the cham­pi­onship most likely go­ing to the wire it is pru­dent to have all matches played on the same day as we pro­mote fair play spirit. We’re not only look­ing at the ti­tle race, but the sur­vival bat­tle as well,” said Zifa South­ern Re­gion ad­min­is­tra­tor Au­gus­tine Ndlovu.

The league has been forced to move Rovers’ game against Bosso 90 which had been slated for to­day at White City Sta­dium to to­mor­row at Lu­veve Sta­dium.

Also resched­uled for to­mor­row is the Talen Vi­sion en­counter against Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers which was sup­posed to be played be­fore the Rovers-Bosso 90 game at White City.

“White City is booked on Satur­day for a sports event and that is why we’ve moved games that were sup­posed to be played there to Sun­day. Talen Vi­sion will now play their game against Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers at White City Sta­dium on Sun­day at 12PM with the Bantu Rovers-Bosso 90 match set for 3PM at Lu­veve Sta­dium,” Ndlovu said.

Ama­ga­gasi can top the ta­ble for a day and take their points tally to 48, one ahead of Rovers if they beat tricky ZRP Bu­l­awayo at Fair­bridge this af­ter­noon.

ZRP Bu­l­awayo are ooz­ing with con­fi­dence fol­low­ing last week­end’s 2-1 win against Chiefs and will be aim­ing at col­lect­ing max­i­mum points against cham­pi­onship con­tenders Ama­ga­gasi this af­ter­noon.

Ama­ga­gasi had to come from a goal down to sal­vage a draw from the jaws of de­feat as they drew 1-1 at home against Bosso 90.

The ZRP Bu­l­away­oA­ma­ga­gasi clash is one match to watch to­day.

Chiefs travel to Hwange to face a Tech­no­sphere side that was in­ac­tive last week af­ter pay­ing their af­fil­i­a­tion fee late.

An­other gi­ant killer, Indlovu Iyany­athela will be out for max­i­mum points against Ntabazin­duna who were clob­bered 5-0 by ZPC Hwange.

Indlovu Iyany­athela sur­prised Rovers last week, hand­ing the league lead­ers a 1-2 loss.

ZPC Hwange visit Turk Mine for a date against Cas­myn while Hwange Ju­niors and Makomo lock horns in a coalmin­ing town derby.

ZRP Hwange are set to lose points for a con­sec­u­tive week be­cause of fail­ure to pay af­fil­i­a­tion fees. The league has can­celled the ZRP Hwange-Black Boot clash, with the lat­ter set to ben­e­fit three points on a 3-0 score line. — @ZililoR

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