Byo Chiefs take on con­fi­dent Talen Vi­sion

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

A PO­TEN­TIALLY ex­plo­sive South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One Soc­cer League en­counter is on the cards when cham­pi­onship favourites Bu­l­awayo Chiefs play host to ri­vals Talen Vi­sion to­day at Harts­field Ground.

Thu­lani Sibanda, the Chiefs’ coach, said they are treat­ing the clash as a “fi­nal”.

Talen Vi­sion were on a bye last week while Chiefs were held to a goal­less draw by Cas­myn.

“The cham­pi­onship race is heat­ing up and at this stage we can’t af­ford to drop points. We are go­ing for max­i­mum points against Talen Vi­sion. They are a good side and ob­vi­ously want to make life dif­fi­cult for us in their quest to avoid los­ing to us twice. We’ve, how­ever, been work­ing hard at train­ing and af­ter sal­vaging a hard-fought point against Cas­myn, I be­lieve we’re men­tally pre­pared for Talen Vi­sion,” said Sibanda.

Chiefs wel­come back speedy striker Farawo Matare, who was with Team Bu­l­awayo at last month’s Na­tional Youth Games in Hwange.

The young striker is com­pet­ing for a start­ing berth with skip­per Kundishora Chakanyuka, Mgcini Mpofu and Adrian Ba­nana.

If Chiefs are to com­plete a dou­ble, they will need play­mak­ers, Per­fect Chik­wende and Arthur Musi­iwa to come to party.

Chiefs top the ta­ble with 44 points from 16 games and lead sec­ond-placed ZPC Hwange who take on Black Boots in Hwange to­mor­row. Chiefs have two games in hand.

Talen Vi­sion man­ager Juma Phiri said: “We’re treat­ing this match like any other league game. We’re go­ing into the match to com­pete not just to ful­fil the fix­ture and we will not be cowed.”

De­fend­ers Mongameli Ndlovu and Shel­ton Sibanda, the mid­field pair of Ntokozo Tshuma and Ado­nis Ny­oni as well as strik­ers Mthulisi Nkomo and Anesu Ny­athi are set to lead Chiefs’ quest for max­i­mum points.

Thu­lani Sibanda

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