Quelaton continued to maintain their grip at the top of the Zifa Buscod Southern Region Division One Soccer League after cruising past Makhandeni Pirates 3-1 at Luveve Stadium on Sunday.
The Tawanda Ruzive-owned outfit, who last year missed promotion to the top-flight league after finishing second behind Chicken Inn, seem to be in serious contention once more, leading second-placed Railstars by three points.
They beat the team of draws Makhandeni Pirates, who have drawn seven times in 13 matches, succumbing to their second defeat of the season to Quelaton on Saturday. Pirates are pegged at position seven on the log-table.
Last year’s other serious contender to the championship, Railstars, also posted an emphatic victory away from home hammering Ntabazinduna Prison 3-0 at the prison on Saturday.
The race however appears wide open as the curtain draws down on the first half of the season with last year’s Premiership side and third-placed Bantu Rovers also beating log-anchors Kujatana-Victoria Falls United 1-0 at Hartsfield on Sunday.
Tshintsha-Guluva are a point behind Railstars.
Newly-promoted Hwange Juniors are also gnawing hard on the heels of the three leading teams as they beat neighbours Mpumalanga 2-0 in the coal-mining town, maintaining position four, two points shy of Bantu.
In another match played in Hwange, ZPC Hwange beat Power Cosmos 3-1 on Saturday while struggling Zambezi Lions managed to salvage a point from equally-troubled Makokoba City Warriors with a 2-2 draw at Raylton Sports Club on the same day.
New West City also held police side Black Boots to a goalless draw in Fairbridge while Sao Paulo fell to How Mine 2-0 at home in Victoria Falls.