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Masvingo on the ascendancy, Ngezi take it easy

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Masvingo United continued their fine form after posting a crucial 2-1 win against Tenax in an Eastern Region Division One Football League match at Sakubva Stadium on Sunday.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI/HENRY MHARA

By beating an unpredictable Tenax in their own backyard they have made a strong statement of intent in their bid for Premiership promotion.

They lead the standings with 27 points from 13 matches. Hartley Academy are keeping a close check on them as the Taku Shariwa-coached side also has 27 points having played a game less but have an inferior goal difference.

Hartley Academy recorded a rugby scoreline after beating Gaza Gunners 11-1 in the capital on Sunday. Masvingo United team manager Phillip Shumba said it was his side’s aim to maintain top position on the log standings.

‘’Our philosophy is once we are on the top of the log standings we should endeavour to maintain the position by collecting maximum points. So I am encouraging my players to take each game as it comes and we are confident we have a good squad that can take us to the Promised Land,” he said.

Mutare City are also within the leading pack after posting a 3-0 win against the league’s newcomer Melfort on Sunday in Marondera. They are on third position with 25 points from 13 matches.

In the Northern Region, leaders Ngezi Platinum have played down promotion chances despite maintaining a nine-point advantage at the top of the table.

The runaway leaders beat Darwin 1-0 at the weekend to keep their unbeaten record in 16 matches intact with Thembinkosi Simango scoring the all-important goal.

The win saw them moving to 38 points, nine clear of second-placed ZRP FC who maintained the pressure with a crucial 1-0 win away at Gunners.

Black Rhinos are not far off the pace, as they are a point below ZRP FC going into Week 17 of matches, the halfway stage of the season.

Ngezi Platinum coach Clifton Kadurira thinks there is still a long way to go.

“We can’t talk about the title at the moment. We have a good advantage yes, but we have to keep a cool head and concentration.
We have to focus on winning the next match, which we have been doing since the first match of the season,” said Kadurira.

Ngezi’s next fixture looks a winnable one with a trip to struggling Blue Jets who are 15th on the log standings.

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