Bantu Rovers hope for league ti­tle takes a huge knock

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

BANTU Rovers’ South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One Soc­cer League ti­tle hopes took a huge knock when they lost 0-1 on Wed­nes­day to vis­it­ing Makomo to sur­ren­der top spot to Ama­ga­gasi, who beat Talen Vi­sion 1-0.

Rovers re­mained on 55 points and slipped to third on the league ta­ble.

They now trail Ama­ga­gasi by three points and sec­ond-placed Bu­l­awayo Chiefs by two points, with three rounds of matches left.

Chiefs moved a place up the lad­der fol­low­ing a 1-0 win over cham­pi­onship dark horses ZPC Hwange.

Hav­ing led the ta­ble for 13 weeks, the ti­tle race is no longer in Rovers’ hands and how they re­spond to their loss to Makomo will be key in keep­ing their slim hopes alive.

Rovers are left with tricky en­coun­ters against Black Boots at Fair­bridge, ZPC Hwange and Ama­ga­gasi.

New log lead­ers Ama­ga­gasi equally have tough as­sign­ments left, start­ing with to­mor­row’s top of the ta­ble clash against Chiefs.

Ama­ga­gasi will then face re­ju­ve­nated Indlovu Iyany­athela in Bu­l­awayo on Week 29 be­fore play­ing host to Rovers in their fi­nal game of the sea­son.

To re­main in firm con­trol of their destiny, Ama­ga­gasi need to win or force a draw against Chiefs then col­lect max­i­mum points against Indlovu Iyany­athela and Rovers.

But Ama­ga­gasi will have to be at their best if they’re to beat Chiefs, who will be hop­ing to use home ad­van­tage to dis­lodge the Vic­to­ria Falls-based side and go to the top of the ta­ble for the first time this sea­son.

Un­der the guid­ance of Thu­lani Sibanda, Chiefs sneaked back into the ti­tle race, which is now cer­tain to go to the wire.

Sibanda is not new to cham­pi­onship de­mands and will be hop­ing to re­peat his 2011 and 2013 feats when he won the re­gional ti­tles with Que­la­ton and Chiefs. Chiefs went on to trade their Pre­mier­ship fran­chise with Rovers, who only lasted a sea­son in the topflight.

After the Ama­ga­gasi game, Chiefs will play Bosso 90 at home then wrap up their sea­son with an away game against Ntabazin­duna.

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