Chapungu maul Shurugwi United

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Bullish Chapungu continued with their goal-scoring spree with an 8-1 mauling of little Shurugwi United in a Zifa Central Region Division One League football match played at Ascot Stadium on Saturday.

Striking wizard Brighton Mugoni, who had scored braces in each of the last two matches prior to Saturday’s sensational victory, grabbed the first hat trick of the season in the region, to up his tally to seven goals.

Chapungu lead the log standings with 10 points.

The high-flying airmen have netted 21 goals in their last three matches and the latest win left them three goals shy of tallying the 11-1 rout they posted over Matshiyakwakhiwe in the 2004 Southern Region Division One League.

Chapungu carried on with their bullying antics despite another striking sensation Philip Marufu failing to secure his reverse international transfer certificate from DRC Linafoot club, FC Saint Eloi Lupopo which was expected on Friday.

Buoyed by the recent heroic exploits, Chapungu chairman Donald Mpofu has joked that they are still preparing for the season.

“We have not started playing yet because these are preparations for the season. People will see us when we have started playing our football. But on a serious note, we are playing for promotion and we will continue working hard,” he said.

Mpofu’s taunt could ring true on the fact the airmen are only posting emphatic wins over the region’s newcomers after having failed a real test in their season-opener against McInn who held them to a goalless home draw.

Mpofu could be well conscious of his statement that they are still in pre-season.

Elsewhere, TM eagles poured more salt into an already sore ZimAlloys wound when they restricted the highly-rated side to a goalless stalemate at Wilson Fields on Saturday.

Alloys have not collected maximum points so far and this has left Alloys gaffer, Peter Manoti, under the spotlight as his future now looks uncertain.

In the Southern Region, New West City continued with their winning ways when they beat Zambezi Lions 3-1 at Luveve Stadium on Saturday.

The Lobengula West suburb club last week walloped Kujatana-Victoria Falls United 3-0 to claim the top spot on the log.

Bantu Rovers, demoted from the Premiership last season, also registered a win when they got the better of Power Cosmos on Sunday.

The Methembe Ndlovu-owned Bantu Rovers beat Sao Paulo with the same score-line last week, sparking hopes of a return to the country’s elite soccer league at the onset of the Division One league.

Another Premiership hopeful Quelaton beat How Mine 2-0 at Luveve Stadium on Saturday.

Last week they fell to ZPC Hwange 2-1 in the coal-mining town, putting a dent to their campaign.
Railstars, serious contenders to the crown last year, seem to have lost it after sharing the spoils in a goalless draw with Emakhandeni at Luveve Stadium.

Last week Njanji drew 0-0 with newcomers and before that they suffered a 6-2 defeat to Quelaton.

Railstars were at the weekend without the services of coach Mandla Mpofu, who is in camp in Harare with the Under-19 Young Warriors who are headed for the Metropolitan Super Cup in South Africa take down Wednesday.

Promising ZPC Hwange, who last week beat Quelaton 2-1, found the going tough at the weekend as they lost 1-0 to newcomer neighbours Hwange Juniors.

In another match played in the coal-mining town, Mpumalanga FC beat Kujatana-Victoria Falls United 1-0 on Sunday.