Sha­banie Mine inches closer to cham­pi­onship

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

LOG lead­ers Sha­banie Mine took ad­van­tage of a slip-up by sec­ond-placed Blan­ket Mine to open a four-point lead at the top of the Zifa Cen­tral Soc­cer League (CSL).

The as­bestos min­ers sub­dued strug­gling Chrome Stars 2-0 at Ma­glas Sta­dium in Zvisha­vane, with goals com­ing from for­mer War­riors de­fender Zvenyika Makonese and left-back Ricky Bota.

While Sha­banie Mine were reg­is­ter­ing vic­tory, Blan­ket Mine’s ti­tle as­pi­ra­tions suf­fered a ma­jor dent when they went down 1-2 to Ivan Hoe.

The re­sult saw Ivan Hoe main­tain­ing their un­beaten record at home in the sec­ond half of the sea­son and re­duce the gap be­tween them and Blan­ket Mine to just one point.

Ivan Hoe have ac­cu­mu­lated 55 points, seven adrift of log lead­ers Sha­banie Mine, who now need to win two of their re­main­ing fix­tures to se­cure a place in the pro­mo­tional play-offs.

Sha­banie Mine coach Tendai Chikuni ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with his charges’ per­for­mance, say­ing he is now look­ing for­ward to fin­ish­ing the sea­son on a high.

“I am happy that we man­aged to win to­day’s match and our fo­cus now is to win the re­main­ing games so that we do the job for our­selves and not worry about what other teams are do­ing,” Chikuni said.

His side faces Gweru United in their next fix­ture and Chikuni warned his play­ers against com­pla­cency, say­ing he wants them to treat each team with re­spect in their last three games of the sea­son.

The same could not be said about Bar­net Vhinkumbu, the Blan­ket Mine coach, who ad­mit­ted that the loss to Ivan Hoe was a ma­jor blow to their cham­pi­onship as­pi­ra­tions. But he was op­ti­mistic that the pen­du­lum would swing in their favour in the re­main­ing games.

Tendai Chikuni

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