Ton­gog­ara give up on cham­pi­onship

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara in Gweru

IT is now a three-horse race in the bat­tle for the Cen­tral Soccer League (CSL) ti­tle after army side Ton­gog­ara suc­cumbed to a 2–3 loss to Blan­ket Mine on Satur­day. The for­mer Pre­mier­ship out­fit now trails log lead­ers Sha­banie Mine by 10 points with four rounds of matches to go.

Sha­banie Mine lead with 57 points fol­lowed by Blan­ket Mine on 56 and Ivan Hoe on 52.

Ton­gog­ara went into the match need­ing noth­ing short of vic­tory to keep abreast with other ti­tle as­pi­rants, but they fell to goals from Mthulisi Sibanda, Ephraim Moyo and Eras­mus Kazin­gizi for Blan­ket Mine, while Ti­mothy Dube and Pride Mvun­dura scored for the army out­fit.

Ton­gog­ara coach Ig­natius Kap­i­tapita said they were now fo­cus­ing on a top four fin­ish. “Our ob­jec­tive now is to fin­ish the sea­son on a high by win­ning the re­main­der of our games and then see how things pan out,” said Kap­i­tapita.

He then lashed out at the match of­fi­cials, ac­cus­ing them of bias, which he said con­trib­uted to his side’s poor re­sults in the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

“The prob­lem in the CSL lies with poor of­fi­cials who de­ter­mine clubs to be pro­moted at the end of each sea­son, hence you find that when a team is pro­moted from this re­gion, it is rel­e­gated the fol­low­ing sea­son be­cause some­one would have done the job for them in Di­vi­sion One,” charged Kap­i­tapita.

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