Ama­ga­gasi, Byo chiefs in ex­plo­sive en­counter

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

A PO­TEN­TIALLY ex­plo­sive top of the ta­ble clash is on the cards this af­ter­noon at Harts­field Ground when South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One Soccer League lead­ers Ama­ga­gasi take on Bu­l­awayo Chiefs.

Fire­works are ex­pected as the two ti­tle chas­ing teams vie for max­i­mum points which will get who­ever wins the tie closer to the cham­pi­onship.

Ama­ga­gasi shot to the top of the ta­ble dur­ing the week, dis­lodg­ing Bantu Rovers who had led for the bet­ter part of the sea­son.

With three rounds of matches re­main­ing, Ama­ga­gasi have amassed 58 points, one more than Chiefs, mak­ing to­day’s en­counter an all to play for game.

Buoyed by their 1-0 win over Talen Vi­sion, Ama­ga­gasi be­lieve win­ning to­day’s game will en­hance their chances of win­ning the ti­tle.

“If ev­ery­thing is equal I think we’re poised for a good game against Chiefs. We’re go­ing to give a fight and I think we re­turned to the top of the ta­ble at the right time. Every­one is en­cour­aged to give it a go see­ing that there’s a pos­si­bil­ity to cross the line. We’ll do all we can to get a pos­i­tive re­sult,” said Zi­bonele Ncube, the Ama­ga­gasi coach.

Ama­ga­gasi can re­tain top spot in the event that they draw with Chiefs, a re­sult which will leave the lat­ter need­ing ei­ther Indlovu Iyany­athela or Bantu Rovers to beat or hold Ama­ga­gasi for them in the last two games of the sea­son.

Chiefs, who will face Bosso 90 and Ntabazin­duna af­ter Ama­ga­gasi, are keen on max­i­mum points to take con­trol of the cham­pi­onship race.

“First of all I’ve to praise our play­ers who have given a good fight to make sure that we re­turn back to the cham­pi­onship mix when all looked gloomy. Re­mem­ber, just af­ter the half­way mark we trailed lead­ers by nine points and the gap is a point and the boys now be­lieve it’s pos­si­ble to win the ti­tle.

“We re­spect Ama­ga­gasi, they’re a good side and we ex­pect a tight game. I think nerves will be high dur­ing this game and may the best team of the day win,” said Thu­lani Sibanda, Chiefs’ coach.

Chiefs will be out to avoid los­ing twice to Ama­ga­gasi who beat them 1-0 in the first leg.

The ta­ble top­pers will among other play­ers look to goal­keeper Welling­ton Mu­uya, Bekithemba Moyo, Mutsa Gwara, Arthur Musi­iwa, for­mer Njube Sun­downs’ In­no­cent Ndlovu, Ryan Mab­hena and Bright Dzowa, scorer of the first leg goal against Chiefs.

The home side, who are still miss­ing the ser­vices of in­flu­en­tial mid­fielder Mengezi Dube and the strik­ing duo of Qi­nani Sibanda and Ash­ton Mh­langa, will bank on the likes of De­sire Shum­banete, Gra­cious Mu­leya, Sikhum­bu­lani Dube, Kundishora Chakanyuka, Joseph Mu­tam­bi­ranwa and Win­ston Chi­wetu to lead them against Ama­ga­gasi.

Mean­while, Rovers will be hop­ing to keep their slim ti­tle hopes alive when they take on Black Boots at Fair­bridge this af­ter­noon while ZPC Hwange are at home to Indlovu Iyany­athela.

Thu­lani Sibanda

Zi­bonele Ncube

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