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ZPC Kariba move top


KARIBA side ZPC Kariba moved to the top of the Zifa Northern Region Division One football  log standings after mauling JMC Academy 4-0 at Chaminuka Stadium on Saturday.

Report by Henry Mhara

The new leaders took full advantage of initial leaders Commando and DStv Rangers, who faltered after drawing their matches for the second week running.

Former Harare City striker Raphael Manuvire scored a brace while another ex-Premiership player Tinei Chitora, who had a brief stint with champions Dynamos last season, was also on target.

Nevison Salous weighed in with another goal as the Kariba side collected maximum points that moved them to 19 points, the same number with second-placed Commando who, however, have an inferior goal difference.

Third-placed DStv Rangers, unbeaten this season, recorded their sixth draw of the season after they were held to a nil-nil draw at home by ZRP Morris Depot.

The Shame Nemasango-coached side has 18 points and unless they start to turn their draws into victories, they will continue to slide down the ladder.

DC Academy moved to fourth on the log standings after beating Twalumba 1-0 away in Dzivarasekwa. DC have the same number of points as Rangers.

At the other end of the table, JMC remained rooted at the bottom and their latest drubbing at the hands of new log leaders was their eighth in 10 matches. They have four points.

Second from the bottom are Forrester with five points under their belt. They recorded their seventh defeat of the season after falling 3-0 to Mushowani Stars over the weekend.

Jumbo Giants and Banket complete the teams that are trapped in the relegation zone. The two teams have eight and nine points respectively.

Banket were beaten 1-0 by former Premiership side Gunners, who are on ninth position with 15 points, while another ex-Premier League side Blue Rangers are on position 13 with 10 points, one better than Banket, who are sitting on the relegation cut-off point.

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