Bulawayo Chiefs, Bantu Rovers clash

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AN exciting Southern Region Soccer League tie is on the cards when second-placed Bulawayo Chiefs entertain former Premier Soccer League side Bantu Rovers at Fairbridge tomorrow.

BY FORTUNE MBELE

Chiefs, who have previously indicated they are not gunning for the championship, ostensibly entered into a
$40 000 merger with Tshintsha Guluva in December 2013 when they won the Division One championship to make way for the Methembe Ndlovu-owned Bantu Rovers to play in the country’s top league last year.

Owned by businessman Lovemore Sibanda, Chiefs reverted to Division One using the Bantu Rovers’ franchise.

They have amassed 23 points in 11 matches under returning coach Thulani Sibanda, while Tshintsha Guluva, coached by Ndlovu, Johannes Ngodzo and Chipo Tsodzo, are on position five with 18 points from the same number of games.

Last weekend, Bantu Rovers lost 0-1 to league favourites Bulawayo City at Luveve Stadium, while Bulawayo Chiefs picked up three points after beating Amagagasi in Victoria Falls.

Players to watch from Chiefs are Kundishora Chakanyuka, Joseph Mutambiranwa, Pride Zireni and Ishmael Wadi, while Tshintsha Guluva have Zephania Ngodzo, Bukhosi Sibanda, Lenience “Qobho” Mpofu, Lucky Ndlela and Nkosilathi Dube, among others.

Bulawayo City, on third spot and also with 23 points, host log anchors Mpumalanga at Luveve, while pacesetters ZPC Hwange with 25 points travel to Turk Mine where they take on Casmyn.

Fixtures
Tomorrow: Bulawayo Chiefs v Bantu Rovers (Fairbridge), Old Nic Mine v Amagagasi (Old Nic), Ntabazinduna Prison v Technosphere (Ntabazinduna), Indlovu Iyanyathela v Black Boots (HQ1 Brigade), Casmyn v ZPC Hwange (Turk Mine), Hwange Juniors v Trumus (Hwange), Bulawayo City v Mpumalanga (Luveve 3pm), Nust v Makomo (Luveve 12pm).