Bu­l­awayo Chiefs lead the pack af­ter Ama­ga­gasi win

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

BU­L­AWAYO Chiefs went to the top of the South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One Soc­cer League for the first time this sea­son fol­low­ing a 1-0 win over championship con­tenders Ama­ga­gasi at Harts­field Ground on Satur­day.

A first half header by cen­tral de­fender Po­lite Moyo off a Rain­some Pavari cross earned Chiefs max­i­mum points and with them the top spot on the table. Ama­ga­gasi slipped into third, while Bantu Rovers moved into sec­ond place af­ter a 2-0 win over Black Boots.

Chiefs now sit on 60 points from 28 matches and en­joy a two-point lead over Rovers go­ing into the last two games of the sea­son.

Chiefs will face Bosso 90 in their next game be­fore wrap­ping up their sea­son with an away trip to Ntabazin­duna.

Thu­lani Sibanda, the Chiefs’ coach who re­joined the club in Au­gust af­ter a four-month spell as Rah­man Gumbo’s as­sis­tant at Chicken Inn, said the championship race was now theirs to lose.

Sibanda, who won two South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League ti­tles with Que­la­ton in 2011 and Bu­l­awayo Chiefs in 2014, found Chiefs third on the league table, eight points be­hind then lead­ers Rovers.

A holder of a Scot­tish C coach­ing li­cence, Sibanda quit Chicken Inn say­ing fail­ure to at­tain the club’s tar­get had forced him to throw in the towel. He had the same tar­get as Gumbo, to col­lect 20 points from 10 games, but they man­aged 15 points.

He doesn’t re­gret re­trac­ing his foot­steps to Chiefs and is fo­cused on win­ning his third First Di­vi­sion championship.

“It’s good to be at the top of the table es­pe­cially at this time of the sea­son when you know that you just have to con­trol your des­tiny. It’s now ours to lose be­cause now we just have to win our games and stop re­ly­ing on oth­ers to do the job for us.

“The guys are happy and with such a mood in camp you just want the guys to take each game as it comes and make sure we don’t drop any points,” said Sibanda.

“The last two games are tricky and we have to be cau­tious and avoid drop­ping points be­cause Bantu Rovers and Ama­ga­gasi are not far. It is cer­tainly go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing fin­ish for us,” he said.

Rovers, who are tied on 58 points with Ama­ga­gasi but have a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence, face ZPC Hwange in their next game be­fore end­ing their sea­son with an away trip to Vic­to­ria Falls to face Ama­ga­gasi.

Rovers and Ama­ga­gasi will be hop­ing Chiefs drop points in their next en­counter and they win so that the ti­tle is de­cided on the last day of the sea­son.

Ama­ga­gasi re­turn to Bu­l­awayo for their next game against resur­gent Indlovu Iyany­athela, who held peren­nial cam­paign­ers ZPC Hwange to a 0-0 draw in Hwange at the week­end. — @ZililoR.

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