GO­ING TOUGH

An­other club with­draws from South­ern Re­gion Div One

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

THE qual­ity of com­pe­ti­tion in the South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One League is likely to be com­pro­mised fol­low­ing in­di­ca­tions that newly pro­moted Moto Moto have ad­vised Zifa of their in­abil­ity to com­pete in the league.

Army bankrolled Moto Moto be­come the sec­ond team to pull out of the South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One League within a month cit­ing fi­nan­cial chal­lenges.

Sources within the First Divi­sion said Moto Moto in­formed Zifa South­ern Re­gion that they don’t have the ca­pac­ity to com­pete in the First Divi­sion ahead of the Easter Hol­i­days kick-off where they were sup­posed to face Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers.

“They in­formed the Zifa South­ern lead­er­ship last week that they can’t be in the league be­cause of lack of re­sources. Be­cause they are an army side, Zifa South­ern Re­gion ad­vised them to think through the mat­ter and gave them up to this week­end to de­cide if they re­ally want to with­draw. I think the Zifa South­ern Re­gion lead­er­ship is try­ing to save face and avoid los­ing an­other team as that might af­fect com­pe­ti­tion,” said the source.

Last sea­son ZRP Hwange with­drew from the South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One League be­fore the start of the sec­ond half of the sea­son and Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers strug­gled to ful­fil some of their matches in the last half of the sea­son.

Musa Man­daza, the Zifa South­ern Re­gion chair­man, said they have asked Moto Moto to for­malise their exit.

“We’ve asked their of­fi­cials to put it (with­drawal) in writ­ing. We can’t rely on hearsay or phone calls and as soon as we re­ceive their let­ter, which we ex­pect by to­mor­row, we will tell you the way for­ward,” said Man­daza.

On the stan­dard of com­pe­ti­tion in his league go­ing down, Man­daza said: “It de­pends how you look at it and we choose to be pos­i­tive. Few teams en­hance the qual­ity of com­pe­ti­tion in terms of man­age­ment and even stan­dard of play be­cause all the play­ers in the re­gion will want to play in those clubs. This means a player is kept on his toes know­ing that those from de­funct clubs are wait­ing to pounce on an op­por­tu­nity.” Mean­while, ZPC Hwange tops the league ta­ble af­ter the first round of matches fol­low­ing a walk over of ZRP Bu­l­awayo Prov­ince on a 3-0 score line, with Bu­l­awayo Chiefs sec­ond cour­tesy of a 2-0 win over Bosso 90. Other teams that reg­is­tered wins dur­ing the Easter Hol­i­days are Mosi Rovers, who beat new boys Chi­wororo 2-1 at White City Sta­dium, and Indlovu Iyany­athela, who edged Zim Leop­ards 1-0. — @ ZililoR

Musa Man­daza

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