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How Mine battle Bantu Rovers


IT’S the battle of the Zifa Southern Region Division One giants tomorrow as championship contenders How Mine and Bantu Rovers lock horns in what promises to be an exciting match at the gold mine.


With five matches remaining before the curtain comes down in the Southern Region Division One league, both sides have said tomorrow’s tie is a do-or-die match as they fight for the Premiership ticket next year.

Second-placed How Mine will be seeking to use home advantage to complete a double over former Premiership side Tshintsha Guluva, whom they beat 1-0 at Luveve Stadium in the reverse encounter.

How Mine coach Jeremiah Makote said tomorrow’s match will be a must win because a defeat will put them four points behind Bantu Rovers.

“It is a must win for us. It’s like a cup final. If we lose this game we will be four points behind Bantu Rovers and it will be difficult for us to catch up with five games to go. We have no injuries in camp and everyone is raring to go. The game in itself motivates the boys. We beat Bantu Rovers 1-0 in Bulawayo and they might beat us at home. It’s a tricky tie and we will have to be at our best,” Makote said. Bantu Rovers were on the receiving end as well last week, falling 2-1 to Hwange Juniors in Hwange and likewise gaffer Reuben Tsengwa believes he must win tomorrow.

“It’s a do-or-die match. Save for Gilbert Banda who received a red card last week in Hwange, everyone else is ready for selection,” Tsengwa said. ZPC Hwange is seriously contending for the title with 51 points from 27 games and take on neighbours Power Cosmos in Hwange tomorrow.

In other matches tomorrow, police side Black Boots host Mpumalanga in Fairbridge, while New West City will be away to Ntabazinduna Prison. Former Premiership side Railstars will be in Hwange for a date with struggling Rufaro Rovers, while Bulawayo Chiefs will travel to the coal mining town for Projects.

In Bulawayo, former Premiership side Zimbabwe Saints will entertain Hwange Juniors at their club in Queens Park East, while strugglers Emakhandeni Pirates will host Sizani Fruit and Veg at Raylton Sports Club.

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