In­line Academy, Mag­wegwe Stars clash

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

IN­LINE Academy will be hop­ing to con­tinue with their fine form in the South­ern Re­gion Women soccer league when they play host to Mag­wegwe Stars at Ma­sot­sha to­day.

A 20-0 clob­ber­ing of strug­gling Cow­dray Park last week saw In­line pick­ing up three points with near­est ri­vals Hearts of Oak also reg­is­ter­ing a 2-1 win over Street Set.

In­line are just three matches from win­ning the league as they are top­ping the league ta­ble with 48 points, five ahead of Hearts of Oak fol­lowed by New Or­leans with 35 points

With the cham­pi­onship in their own hands and the prize so close, there are still a few more tests to over­come par­tic­u­larly to­day.

In other matches, Hearts of Oak will have to do with­out one of their key play­ers Happy Gumbo who has been called up to the na­tional team squad.

The mid­fielder dis­played an im­pres­sive per­for­mance last week in their 2-1 win over Street Set which saw the na­tional team gaffer Shadreck Mlauzi call­ing her to the squad.

Hearts of Oak coach Evans Netha be­lieves their matches will be dif­fi­cult with­out Gumbo.

“It’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge with­out her but we have to work with the play­ers we have.

“We are a strong team and we have qual­ity play­ers on the bench who will earn us max­i­mum points in our next matches. As a team we are ac­tu­ally happy that we have a rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the na­tional team and we pray she makes it into the fi­nal squad,” he said.

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