Chiefs draw, delay PSL promotion


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Bantu Rovers delayed Bulawayo Chiefs’ promotion to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) when they held the Plumtree-based side to a goaless draw in an exciting Zifa Southern Region Division One match played at Dingimuzi Stadium yesterday.

Chiefs needed three points to get an automatic elevation to top-flight action since they are administratively getting three points from Mkosana who have failed to pay their Zifa affiliation fees in full.

The Thulani Sibanda-coached Chiefs are now on 60 points and if they beat Hwange Juniors in their last home game at Dingumuzi, they would reach an unassailable 66 points.

Black Boots on the second spot with 55 points will get to 64 points if they win their remaining matches against Ntabazinduna Prison away on Wednesday and Mpumalanga at home before travelling away to ZPC Hwange.

This means that Chiefs will definitely have to beat Hwange Juniors to guarantee their destiny to the country’s top league.

Sibanda believes Chiefs will still play in the PSL next year.

“Bantu Rovers are a competitive side and they managed to get a point away from home. I am still in. We are leading by three points and we must wrap up by beating Hwange Juniors.

We cannot get into that game looking for a draw. We wanted to get maximum points and be home and dry,” Sibanda said.

Rovers dominated the first half and Blessing Ngwenya could have found the net for the Bulawayo side in the first 10 minutes, but were saved by goalkeeper Wallace Magalane.

Chiefs appeared to be under pressure to get a goal and picked up their game with Innocent Kutsanzira and substitutes Toto Banda and Kundishora Chakanyuka mounting offensive, but Rovers were saved by goalkeeper Takunda Mutanga.