Masvingo United prettily poised


FORMER Premiership football side Masvingo United have put themselves in strong contention for promotion to the topflight league after posting a crucial 2-1 win against Masvingo City at Mucheke Stadium on Sunday.


Their rivals Mutare City Rovers and Hartley Academy dropped points over the weekend.

Hartley Academy were held to a 1-all draw by Ruwa Gunners at home on Saturday, while Mutare City Rovers were held 0-0 by Mutoko Traders on Sunday.

With two games remaining, Rovers still lead the pack with 65 points, while Masvingo and Hartley Academy are on 64.

Masvingo United are in second position due to a superior goal difference.


Masvingo United team manager Phillip Shumba said his side still carried the underdogs tag despite the one-point deficit with the log leaders.

“We are still underdogs, our aim is to win the last two games and see what happens. Any team in the top three has an equal chance of winning the league. This is a competitive league where the ultimate winner is most likely going to be known after the very last game,’’ he said.

“I am happy that we have been doing our work quietly, this is the game a football, you never know what will happen in the last two games of the season,’’ he added.

“YunaYuna” face Melfort this weekend at home before they conclude the season with another home date against Mutoko Traders.

The most intriguing match this weekend is when Mutare City Rovers take on Hartley at Sakubva Stadium and Masvingo United will be hoping for a draw, but they know they need to win their own match to enhance their chances of a return to the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

Hartley will wrap up the season with date against whipping boys ZRP Masvingo at home, while Rovers will take on Ruwa Gunners away.


  1. It is not fair that second and third place finishers have nothing to show for their efforts. Not even an invitation to participate in any knock out tournaments in the premiership. It makes division football not worthwhile and its leaders should clamour for change.

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