ZIFA Southern Region Division One pacesetters Bulawayo Chiefs were in a no-nonsense mood on Saturday, crushing New West City 4-1 at Dingumuzi in Plumtree, to maintain a six-point lead in the league.
REPORT BY FORTUNE MBELE
Chiefs, now under former Warriors gaffer Rahman Gumbo after Thulani Sibanda was reassigned to the juniors, scored through brothers George and Moses Majika, Fundani Nkomo and Emmanuel Ndebele to jump to 31 points from 12 games.
However, competition appears to be coming in from police side Black Boots chasing behind on 25 points from the same number of matches after hammering Victoria Falls-based Mkosana 3-0 at Fairbridge on Saturday.
There is no room for any slip-ups from either side if they nurse hopes of making it into the Castle Lager Premiership.
ZPC Hwange were on the rampage as well on Saturday thumping hapless Rufaro Rovers 5-1 in Hwange to leap from position five to three with 21 points.
Their elevation comes after former Premiership sides Quelaton and Bantu Rovers fell by the wayside on Saturday with the former giving away three points to Mpumalanga after failing to pitch for their game while Tshintsha Guluva lost 1-0 to Hwange Juniors in the coal mining town.
Quelaton remain on 21 points at par with ZPC, but below on goal difference while Bantu Rovers remained stagnant on 19 points and dropped to position seven after new side, Technosphere, jumped to position five, garnering 21 points as well after stunning another former Premiership side Zimbabwe Saints 2-0 in Hwange on Sunday.
Bantu Rovers were also displaced on a superior goal difference by Tsholotsho, who beat Ntabazinduna 1-0 at home to rise to position six with 19 points.
Mpumalanga rose three rungs up the ladder from position two from the bottom courtesy of the three points donated by Quelaton and now sit on position six from the bottom with 12 points.
The Bulawayo Jumbos and Ajax Hotspurs match, postponed as the army side was curtain-raising the Highlanders and Black Rhinos charity match played on Sunday at BF, is to be played during the week.