D1 bat­tle to avoid rel­e­ga­tion gets tight

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

THE South­ern Re­gion Di­vi­sion One Soc­cer League is set for an ex­cit­ing fin­ish with teams at the bot­tom out to avoid rel­e­ga­tion.

Teams at the dan­ger of be­ing axed from the First Di­vi­sion are debu­tants Chi­wororo, last sea­son’s ti­tle con­tenders Ama­ga­gasi, Black Boots, Mosi Rovers and Talen Vi­sion. The league which started with 16 teams will end with 13 clubs as Tech­no­sphere and Mo­to­moto with­drew at the early stages while Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers were last month booted out for fail­ing to pay its af­fil­i­a­tion fees.

Tumediso Mokoena Ndlovu, Zifa South­ern Re­gion board mem­ber said the num­ber of teams to be rel­e­gated will be de­ter­mined by that of clubs axed from the Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League.

Topflight teams from the South­ern Re­gion that are fac­ing the chop in­clude Bantu Rovers whose fate will be sealed should they lose to Harare City to­mor­row, Tsholot­sho FC and Hwange.

“We are go­ing to pro­mote four teams from the Zifa Bu­l­awayo and Mata­bele­land North Di­vi­sion Two Soc­cer Leagues. The num­ber of teams from the Premier Soc­cer League we have to ac­com­mo­date will de­ter­mine the num­ber of teams which will be rel­e­gated. This means that the fi­nal stretch of our First Di­vi­sion will be ex­cit­ing,” said Ndlovu.

Chi­wororo, on po­si­tion 13 with 13 points from 20 games will need a mir­a­cle to sur­vive. They face Premier­ship bound Bu­l­awayo Chiefs at HQ One Bri­gade to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

Vic­to­ria Falls based Ama­ga­gasi who were among the ti­tle con­tenders in 2016 are on po­si­tion 12 with 15 points and need to win their re­main­ing six games and hope Black Boots and Mosi Rovers drop points along the way.

Ama­ga­gasi are at home to league debu­tants Zim Leop­ards to­mor­row while Mosi Rovers are set to get three points on a plat­ter as they were sched­uled to face sus­pended Vic­to­ria Falls Tigers. Black Boots are on a bye.

Mean­while, Makomo who lost 2-0 to Bu­l­awayo Chiefs on Wed­nes­day will be hop­ing to bounce back to win­ning ways when they play host to wounded ZRP Bu­l­awayo who head to Hwange smart­ing from a 0-2 home de­feat to Indlovu Iyany­athela.

On Sun­day, Bosso 90 who are eye­ing a top four fin­ish will play host to Cas­myn at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium.

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