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Twists and turns in Northern Region race


The race for the sole ticket to the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League took yet another interesting twist in the Zifa Northern Region Division One over the weekend with pacesetters dropping crucial points.

With only eight games left before the second tier league’s curtain comes to a close, there have been many twists and turns in recent weeks and it is rather difficult to predict which team will join the big boys of local football next season.

Before the kick-off of the weekend matches, army side Black Rhinos were sitting pretty at the summit of the table with 35 points and a match against fellow struggling army side Commando Bullets presented a perfect opportunity to stretch their lead at the top.

There were no favours rendered as Commando, who are third from the bottom fought hard to earn a point in the army derby that was played at One Commando on Saturday.

La Liga, who had partially surrendered the top position, were the biggest beneficiaries of the stalemate as they reclaimed the top position with an emphatic 4-1 win over Flame Lily to take their points tally to 37.

Early pacesetters Mwana Africa, who had been struggling with their game of late ,have reappeared and are back in the race after their slender 1-0 win over high-flying Highfield United at Gwanzura on Sunday.

Quality Kangadza’s effort late in the game propelled the Bindura-based side into third position on the table with 35 points.

The result ended Highfield United’s 10-match winning streak and the well-sponsored team crushed to seventh position on the log with 32 points.

However, Highfield have a contentious match against Cossy Rules which is under the disciplinary committee and if they are awarded three points, then they will be back in contention.

Fourth-placed Harare City maintained their position on the log despite a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of fifth-placed DStv.

Harare City have 34 points, just a point above DStv.

At the bottom of the log, Cossy Rules suffered their 11th defeat of the season when they were beaten 1-0 by DC Academy. They have a paltry 6 points from 17 matches and are just praying the disciplinary committee will rule in their favour.

Flame Lily, Commando and Baca complete the list of teams that are in the dreaded bottom four.

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