Bantu dom­i­nate league after win over Tech­no­sphere

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

A CLAS­SIC end to the South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League sea­son is ex­pected after all the top four teams se­cured max­i­mum points at the week­end.

For­mer Pre­mier­ship side Bantu Rovers main­tained their one-point lead over Bu­l­awayo Chiefs fol­low­ing a 2-1 vic­tory over Tech­no­sphere to take their points tally to 54.

Chiefs kept their dream alive with a 2-0 away win against Makomo, while third-placed Ama­ga­gasi were awarded three points on a 3-0 score line, since they were meant to face ex­pelled ZRP Hwange.

Cham­pi­onship dark horses ZPC Hwange beat Hwange Ju­niors 1-0 to move to 51, three be­hind Rovers.

Fire­works are ex­pected in the next five games as the top teams bat­tle for points in a bid to win the right to rep­re­sent the re­gion in the Premier Soccer League play-offs against win­ners of the Cen­tral, East­ern and North­ern re­gions.

What makes the race even in­ter­est­ing is that along the way, the four teams will cross each other’s paths, set­ting an ex­hil­a­rat­ing fin­ish.

Bantu Rovers: They are left with three away games to Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers, Black Boots and Ama­ga­gasi. They will be home against Makomo and ZPC Hwange.

Jo­hannes Ngodzo, Rovers’ coach said: “We’re not wor­ried about the last games; what we are fo­cus­ing on is our next game against Tigers. We just have to take each game as it comes and build from there.”

Bu­l­awayo Chiefs: Chiefs are done with long trips, with their re­main­ing away matches be­ing against Black boots in Fair­bridge and Ntabazin­duna on the last day of the sea­son.

In be­tween, Chiefs will be at home to ZPC Hwange, fol­lowed by a clash with Ama­ga­gasi and then Bosso 90.

Chiefs coach Thu­lani Sibanda said: “It’s any­one’s game and at this stage of the sea­son you can’t af­ford to drop points.

‘‘What is key is to fo­cus on win­ning our games and elim­i­nate op­po­nents on our own.”

Ama­ga­gasi: The am­bi­tious Vic­to­ria Falls side which started the sea­son on fire and led the ta­ble for the bet­ter part of the first third, face Hwange Ju­niors at home in their next game be­fore em­bark­ing on three con­sec­u­tive trips to Bu­l­awayo.

They have to clear the away hur­dle against Talen Vi­sion, Chiefs and Rovers.

Talen Vi­sion beat Chiefs 2-0 and Rovers 3-2 in the re­verse fix­tures.

“We’re aim­ing at win­ning all our re­main­ing matches.

“We’re not wor­ried about play­ing three con­sec­u­tive matches in Bu­l­awayo dur­ing our last five games be­cause we’ve done well away from home.

“If we’re to win some­thing in this com­pe­ti­tion, we have to show char­ac­ter on the road, fight for points as much as we do when we’re home,” said Zi­bonele Ncube, the Ama­ga­gasi coach.

ZPC Hwange: The peren­nial cham­pi­onship cam­paign­ers are left with two away games against ti­tle chas­ing Rovers and Chiefs.

Their home matches will be against Talen Vi­sion, Indlovu Iyany­athela and ZRP Bu­l­awayo.

The elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tors are the ti­tle dark horses and will be aim­ing at cap­i­tal­is­ing on other teams’ slips.

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