Sha­banie Mine in easy as­sign­ment

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

LOG lead­ers Sha­banie Mine could wrap up the Zifa Cen­tral Soccer League cham­pi­onship to­mor­row should they win their en­counter against Gweru United and their clos­est ri­vals Blan­ket Mine and Ivan Hoe fail to pick up points.

Blan­ket Mine play host to Nichrut in a tricky en­counter while Ivan Hoe are also in Gwanda where they take on un­pre­dictable Vum­bachikwe.

Should the as­bestos min­ers go on to win the en­counter and their ri­vals fail to pick up points, Sha­banie Mine who are on 60 points, will take an unas­sail­able lead ren­der­ing the last two round of matches dead rub­bers.

Blan­ket Mine are four points be­hind with 56 points while Ivan Hoe are third with 55 points.

How­ever, Sha­banie Mine coach Tendai Chikuni is not look­ing much into the prospects and be­lieves the pro­mo­tional race will go to the wire.

“I would not want to dwell much into those per­mu­ta­tions be­cause this year’s race is the tough­est and I see it go­ing right to the wire. I am con­cen­trat­ing on do­ing the job at hand but if we pick up the points then the cham­pi­onship is ours,” he said.

Mean­while, Gweru United have vowed to stop Sha­banie Mine in its tracks.

“Pisa Pisa” an­chors the ta­ble with a pal­try 12 points and to­gether with Kwekwe Sables they have of­fi­cially been rel­e­gated.

Peter Man­oti, the Gweru United coach said de­spite his side be­ing rel­e­gated they are tak­ing each match with the se­ri­ous­ness it de­serves.

“We are rel­e­gated but that does not mean we will not give it our best shot. We are go­ing to play Sha­banie Mine to col­lect max­i­mum points and we will do the same with the other teams that we will play be­fore the sea­son ends,” said Man­oti.

Peter Muduhwa

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