ZPC Hwange maintained their one point lead at the summit of the Southern Region Soccer League following their slender 1-0 victory over Hwange Under–20 on Saturday.
BY SAKHELENI NXUMALO/MUKUDZEI CHINGWERE
Angels Mpofu scored the all-important goal for ZPC Hwange who took their points tally to 21 while second-placed Bulawayo Chiefs have 20 points to their credit.
Chiefs won 1-0 away at Mpumalanga courtesy of a Desire Shumbanhete strike to keep breathing down the log leaders’ neck.
Third-placed Bulawayo City lost ground on the leading pack after suffering a 3-0 away loss to Technosphere in Hwange.
Vumani Sibanda, Bekithemba Nyoni and Nhlanhla Ndlovu were on target for Technosphere.
City now trail log leaders ZPC Hwange by four points after Saturday’s set back but can reduce the gap if they register a win over Amagagasi in a midweek fixture at Luveve on Wednesday.
Agent Sawu’s Ntabazinduna suffered the same fate as City after going down 2-1 to Amagagasi in Victorias Falls.
Lungile Nyathi struck a brace for Amagagasi while Ntabazinduna’s goal came from Joshuwa Wilson.
The correctional services outfit have 16 points and remain in fourth position on the log due to fifth placed Bantu Rovers’ failure to collect maximum points against bottom placed Old Nic Mine, who held the former top – flight side to a two all draw.
Linience Mpofu and Tafadzwa Ngwena were on target for Bantu while Old Nic got their goals from double scorer Never Dube.
Newcomers Casmyn maintained their impressive run in the first division by dismissing fancied police outfit Black Boots 2-1 at Fairbridge.
Nyasha Manzunzu and Perseverance Sibanda scored for the miners, who only came into the fold after Magwegwe Pirates were expelled from the league for failure to pay affiliation fees.
Black Boots, who scored through James Chikwenga, face Hwange Under–20 in a tricky midweek encounter in Hwange on Thursday.
In the Central Soccer League, ZPC Munyati and Chrome Stars maintained their stranglehold at the summit when they posted victories in their respective matches over the weekend.
ZPC Munyati dispatched Silo United 1-0 while Chrome Stars got the better of Vumbachikwe with the same score line to extend their points tally to 16 from seven matches.
ZPC Munyati, however, is atop of the standings thanks to a superior goal difference.
MSU, who did not play over the weekend, dropped to sixth on 13points from six matches but have a chance to join the leaders if they win their outstanding game against FC Platinum U19 tomorrow.
Elsewhere, basement club Mvuma picked their first set of points with a 2-0 away victory over ZRP Beitbridge, but still it was not enough to take them away from the foot of the standings.
Shabanie Mine’s quest of an instant premiership return seems herculean as they trail the leaders with six points following their 3-1 defeat away to Ivan Hoe Mine.