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Machache semi-finals on


THE SEMI-FINALS of the inaugural Zifa Southern Region Machache Meats Tournament have been brought forward to tomorrow so the competition does not disrupt the Division One league programme.

Sports Reporter

The semi-finals had been slated for July 27, but that date has been set for the final.
Secretary of the Zifa Southern Region, Sydney Madzvimbo, yesterday confirmed the dates and said some of the league matches will also be played this weekend with the teams playing in the semis fulfilling their week 16 league games mid next week.

Police side Black Boots will be banking on home advantage against league pacesetters Bulawayo Chiefs when they lock horns in the first semi-final at Fair Bridge tomorrow.

It is going to be one of the exciting matches in the tournament as Black Boots were the first team to hand Chiefs their first defeat in the league beating them 2-0 at Luveve Stadium on May 23.

Chiefs, coached by former Warriors mentor Rahman Gumbo, were then under the tutelage of Thulani Sibanda with the former national team gaffer being the technical advisor.

Black Boots is coached by Kudzai Mutuda and the police side is on the second spot on the league standings, trailing Bulawayo Chiefs by nine points, going into the second half of the season.

Tinashe Dube and Leroy Ndlovu were responsible for Chiefs defeat in May with a goal in each half.
The other semi-final pits relegation-fighting Mpumalanga who clash with town neighbours Hwange Juniors in the coal mining town tomorrow in another exciting tie for Hwange football fans.

Hwange Juniors dumped Bulawayo Jumbos 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out in Hwange on Wednesday to book a place in the semi-final. The four teams are eyeing the $3 000 first prize money. Meanwhile, the league resumes tomorrow with strugglers Rufaro Rovers and Ntabazinduna Prison clashing in Hwange. Both sides are at the basement of the log standings.

On Sunday, former Premiership side Zimbabwe Saints and Bantu Rovers will face off at Luveve while Mkosana entertain Ajax Hotspurs in Victoria Falls with five games to be played next Wednesday.

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