Ngodzo never doubted Rovers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

CHAM­PI­ONSHIP win­ning Zifa South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One league coach Jo­hannes Tshisa Ngodzo says he was never in doubt that the ti­tle was still theirs even when they re­lin­quished lead­er­ship of the league with a few games re­main­ing.

Bantu Rovers clinched the ti­tle in dra­matic style fol­low­ing their 1-0 vic­tory over an­other cham­pi­onship chas­ing out­fit Ama­ga­gasi at Chino­timba Sta­dium on Satur­day. On the same day ti­tle ri­vals Bu­l­awayo Chiefs drew with rel­e­gated and ill- dis­ci­plined Ntabazin­duma.

“To be hon­est with you I never lost hope that the ti­tle was ours, we went off rail but I still be­lieved that we could do it. Per­haps it’s be­cause I am a for­mer player and I un­der­stand that you have to fight to the end,” said Ngodzo.

He said on the eve of the game he ad­dressed his play­ers and told them that the Vic­to­ria Falls trip will de­ter­mine their des­tiny although, said Ngodzo, he be­lieved their win over ZPC Hwange was more cru­cial.

“Most of you guys might view our win over Ama­ga­gasi as the most cru­cial but I want to tell you that the ZPC Hwange game, to me, was the turn­ing point. I told the boys that if we lose the match which was lit­er­ally a semi-fi­nal, we were not go­ing to Vic­to­ria Falls for the fi­nal and the boys did it. I told them that it was go­ing to be a mere hol­i­day in Vic­to­ria Falls,” said the for­mer High­landers mid­field mae­stro.

Ngodzo said it ac­tu­ally took him half-an-hour to fi­nally re­alise that he had won the South­ern Re­gion cham­pi­onship as he was still fail­ing to ac­cept that the ti­tle was his.

“The ref­eree blew for full time with the score­board read­ing 1-0 in favour of Bantu Rovers, re­sults from Ntabazin­duna came through but I could still not be­lieve that we had done it. I con­firmed it when the boys started splash­ing me with wa­ter, it then dawned ukuthi uTshisa sek­wen­zile,” said Ngodzo.

Mean­while, leg­endary Zim­babwe ju­niors coach Ali Baba Dube yes­ter­day con­grat­u­lated Ngodzo for clinch­ing the Di­vi­sion One league ti­tle. The two met at Rayl­ton Sports Club where there was also Zenzo Moyo, a Bosso leg­end and Bu­l­awayo City vice chair­man, Bosso ju­niors coach Gift Lunga Jnr and ZRP Bu­l­awayo vice chair­man Fiso Siz­iba.

Jo­hannes Tshisa Ngodzo

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