No room for er­ror in Div 1

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

BU­L­AWAYO CHIEFS, Bantu Rovers and Ama­ga­gasi coaches have set the tone for a nail-bit­ing end to the South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One Soccer League by rul­ing out room for er­ror in their re­spec­tive week­end games.

Chiefs top the ta­ble with 60 points, two ahead of Rovers and Ama­ga­gasi.

Chiefs jumped to the top for the first time this sea­son fol­low­ing a 1-0 win over fel­low cham­pi­onship con­tenders Ama­ga­gasi last week cour­tesy of a headed goal by cen­tral de­fender Po­lite Moyo.

The ta­ble top­pers have a tricky tie against Bosso90 at Harts­field Ground to­mor­row, with their eyes set on max­i­mum­mum points.

Thu­lani ulani Sibanda, the Chiefs’ coach, said his charges are geared eared up for the en­counter.

“We We can’t be com­pla­cent and we’re ex­pect­ing a tight game against a youth­ful Bosso90. At this stage of the sea­son,n, there’s no room for er­ror and our boys know that. We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to a good game and we’re go­ing to give our best as we fight for a pos­i­tive re­sult,t, in this case a win,” said Sibanda.

Without­thout the in­jured duo of mid­fi­fielder mid­fielder Mengezi Dubee and striker Qi­nani Sibanda, Chiefs will bank on Moyo, Rain­some Pavari, Ash­ton Mh­langa, De­sire Shum­banete,mbanete, Gra­cious Mu­leya, Sikhum­bu­lani Dube, Kundishoradishora Chakanyuka, Joseph Mu­tam­bi­ranwa and Win­ston­ton Chi­wetu to gar­ner max­i­mum points against Bosso90. o90.

Bos­so90sso90 will be look­ing at bounc­ing back from a 2-3 los­soss to Talen Vi­sion.

Shoul­dould Chiefs beat Bosso90, while Rovers and Ama­ga­gasi­ga­gasi lose or draw their matches against ZPC Hwange and Indlovu Iyany­athela re­spec­tively, ctively, the ta­ble top­pers will be crownedned cham­pi­ons with a game to spare,, as they would have reached an unas­sail­able­nas­sail­able 63 points.

Rovers’ vers’ coach Jo­hannes Ngod­zodzo said they need to beat fourth-placed h-placed ZPC Hwange.

“We’ve We’ve got an im­por­tant game against ZPC Hwange, which h we have to win at all costs. Our op­po­nents are an ex­pe­ri­encedri­enced side, but I feel my young­sters have also proveded that they can­not be eas­ily y walked over. What we needeed to do is avoid cost­lyy mis­takes, win our game and see where we’re at the end of the day,” Ngodzo said.

Sea­soneda­soned util­ity player Zepha­niah Ngodzo, Lin­de­lani Ncube, na­tional Un­der-20 striker Bukhosi Sibanda, Obrey Chirinda and For­tune Nko­mazana should carry the day for Rovers.

Victoria Falls-based Ama­ga­gasi make a trip to Bu­l­awayo for a date with un­pre­dictable Indlovu Iyany­athela.

With the prospect of play­ing a cham­pi­onship de­cider against Rovers on the last day of the sea­son in Victoria Falls, should Chiefs fal­ter, Ama­ga­gasi are hard pressed for vic­tory at Indlovu Iyany­athela.

“We’re not throw­ing in the towel and are go­ing to fight to the last whis­tle. We’ve pre­pared in a way that we can get max­i­mum points with the hope that the other ti­tle con­tenders slip. It’s not go­ing to be easy and there is no room for er­rors in this game, mean­ing we have to go back home with max­i­mum points, points,” said Zi­bonele Ncube, Ama­ga­gasi’s coach.

His side will de­pend on goal­keeper Welling­ton Mu­uya, Bekithemba Moyo, Mutsa Gwara, Arthur Musi­iwa, for­mer Njube Sun­downs’ In­no­cent Ndlovu, Ryan Mab­hena and Bright Dzowa to lead them against the army side. — @ZililoR

Thu­lani Sibanda

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