Div 1 ti­tle race goes to wire

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

VICTORIA Falls-based Ama­ga­gasi’s Zifa South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One League’s cham­pi­onship hopes went up in flames after los­ing 0-1 to Indlovu Iyany­athela, leav­ing log lead­ers Bulawayo Chiefs and Bantu Rovers bat­tling for the ti­tle.

The loss left Ama­ga­gasi five points be­hind Chiefs, who laboured to a 2-1 win over Bosso 90 go­ing into the last round of matches of the sea­son.

Chiefs sit on 63 points, two points ahead of Rovers, who edged ZPC Hwange 1-0.

The weekend re­sults mean Chiefs and Rovers will have to dig deep into their re­serves for the fi­nal games of the sea­son they will both play away from home.

For the last game, Chiefs make the short trip to Ntabazin­duna, who lost 1-2 to Talen Vi­sion, while Rovers have a tricky away game against Ama­ga­gasi in Victoria Falls.

Ntabazin­duna are not safe from rel­e­ga­tion and win­ning against Chiefs could save the Zim­babwe Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices bankrolled club from the chop, mak­ing it an all-to-play-for en­counter.

Ama­ga­gasi, who gave a good ti­tle fight in their sec­ond sea­son in the First Divi­sion, have also been hard to beat at home, and have only lost once, 0-1, to ZPC Hwange.

It re­mains to be seen if Rovers will be­come the sec­ond team to beat Ama­ga­gasi at Chino­timba Sta­dium.

Prais­ing his boys for giv­ing a good fight, Ama­ga­gasi chair­man Sam Sibanda said they’re look­ing for­ward to end­ing the sea­son on a high note.

“I think the prob­lem we had was that most of our play­ers have never been at such a level and couldn’t han­dle pres­sure. I feel proud of the boys; they showed great sports­man­ship and fought right to the end. They are dis­ap­pointed be­cause they thought we were des­tined for the ti­tle.

“What they need is to man­age emo­tions go­ing into the last game and take this dis­ap­point­ment as a les­son. Hope­fully, we will be able to keep the squad in­tact and make the most of our third sea­son in the First Divi­sion,” Sibanda said.

Rovers’ coach Jo­hannes Ngodzo will be hop­ing that his youth­ful out­fit cap­i­talises on Ama­ga­gasi’s cham­pi­onship heart­break and seal their cam­paign with a vic­tory, with the hope that Thu­lani Sibanda’s Chiefs lose or draw against Ntabazin­duna.

Elvis Moyo

Jo­hannes Ngodzo

Thu­lani Sibanda

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