Tricky ties for D1 ti­tle chasers

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

IT’S make or break for the four South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One Soc­cer League ti­tle chas­ing teams when they face tricky op­po­nents in to­day’s mid­week fix­tures.

Bantu Rovers, Ama­ga­gasi, Bu­l­awayo Chiefs and ZPC Hwange are all in Bu­l­awayo this af­ter­noon for their re­spec­tive games.

Lead­ers Bantu Rovers are tied on 55 points with Ama­ga­gasi, but lead the ta­ble be­cause of a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence. Rovers take on Makomo at Lu­veve Sta­dium, while Ama­ga­gasi face un­pre­dictable Talen Vi­sion at White City Sta­dium.

The big match of the day should be the Chiefs ver­sus ZPC Hwange that will be played after the Talen Vi­sionA­ma­ga­gasi clash at White City.

Chiefs and ZPC Hwange are tied on 54 points, and should they draw while Rovers and Ama­ga­gasi post vic­to­ries, their ti­tle hopes will take a knock.

Ex-War­riors de­fender He­bert Dick said the team that drops points this af­ter­noon will be left with a moun­tain to climb in the cham­pi­onship race.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing race where ev­ery point counts. There are no clear favourites and any team which drops points this week­end will lose grip on the ti­tle chase.

“If you lose a match at this stage it be­comes dif­fi­cult to get back your mo­men­tum,” said Dick.

“When the four teams went into the Week 26 games, I said they were all tricky and my anal­y­sis was right. Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers gave Bantu Rovers a tor­rid time and with pres­sure mount­ing on the ta­ble top­pers, I think if they rush things against Makomo to­mor­row, they will strug­gle and drop some points.”

On the Talen Vi­sion and Ama­ga­gasi clash, Dick said: “Talen Vi­sion have been play­ing well es­pe­cially at White City. Ama­ga­gasi should re­ally be wary of Talen Vi­sion be­cause it is at the same venue where they beat Bantu Rovers and Bu­l­awayo Chiefs a cou­ple of weeks back.

“Talen Vi­sion are a wounded lion com­ing from the ZPC Hwange away loss and they will want to get back to win­ning ways to keep their dream of a top eight fin­ish alive.”

Dick also be­lieves the team which loses in the Chiefs-ZPC Hwange game will be elim­i­nated from the race.

“I think the game be­tween Chiefs and ZPC Hwange will be more of a power play. How­ever, they’re both likely to take a cau­tious ap­proach.

“Who­ever scores first will win the game. The loser will ef­fec­tively be out of the race as it’s dif­fi­cult to re­cover if you lose at this stage of the sea­son,” Dick said. Can­celled pend­ing pay­ment of out­stand­ing af­fil­i­a­tion fees — @ZililoR.

He­bert Dick

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