Plumtree Chiefs, Trumas in goalless draw


AFTER Starting their 2014 Zifa Southern Region Division One campaign by collecting maximum points last week, Plumtree Chiefs and new comers Trumas played a goalless draw at Victoria Falls on Saturday.

Ronald Moyo
Sports Reporter

The result and others elsewhere mean that there is no team that has won the first two matches of the season.

Title favourites Plumtree chiefs have started their season on a promising note, forgetting the managerial decisions that saw them missing the top-flight league albeit winning the Castle Lager Premier Soccer (PSL) League ticket last season.

They narrowly edged Hwange Juniors 1-0 last week at Raylton Sports Club, thanks to a Ray Lunga solitary goal that assured the champions of maximum points in their opening match of the season.

Chiefs travelled to Victoria Falls very much aware of the danger that Trumas posed after the debutants took New West by surprise winning 3-1 at Luveve Stadium last week.

Head coach Thulani Sibanda, whose football philosophy is inspired by English Premier League manager Arsene Wenger, expressed satisfaction about the result. Sibanda was in charge of Quelaton when the team earned promotion to the top-flight league in 2011 and he also guided Plumtree Chiefs to the PSL, though the club later on merged with Bantu Rovers.

Trumas head coach Peter Manodi said the game had been tough.

“It was tough; we were playing against a very good team. I am happy with the team because we have managed to collect some points in the first two games of the season,” Manodi said.

Trumus, Technosphere, Chiefs and Ntabazinduna are on position one to four respectively with four points each, but differentiated by goal difference.

The fixture between Mpumalanga and Quelaton who are working on a merger with National University of Science and Technology, was not fulfilled as most players were competing in the Zimbabwe University Sports Association Sports ball games.