TSHOLOTSHO FC continued with their winning ways in the Zifa Southern Region Division One league after they beat New West City 1-0 at Raylton Sports Club to maintain their unbeaten run and lead at the top on Saturday.
Ocean Ncube scored the solitary goal that took Tsholotsho to 30 points from 14 matches with eight victories and six draws in their campaign as they take a shot at first appearance in the Premier Soccer League next year.
Coach Lizwe Sweswe yesterday said the haphazard fixtures that had seen them play only two matches in two months affected his boys, but they did well to earn maximum points.
“We have played two matches in the last two months and that affects match fitness, but then the boys did well and won yesterday (Saturday). But we indeed felt the effects of the break,” Sweswe said.
The break was meant to synchronise fixtures after the expulsion of Zimbabwe Saints and Kabwe Warriors necessitated playing few matches and for the league that now has 14 teams to end as programmed.
The majority of the teams have now played 14 matches each with ZPC Hwange having played 15 and Quelaton remaining on 13 games after their match against Black Boots was postponed to Wednesday.
After Saturday’s matches, second-placed Ntabazinduna Prison, in the absence of coach Agent Sawu who was with the Bulawayo National Youth Games football team in Masvingo, are still piling pressure on Tsholotsho as they also beat struggling Portland Cement 1-0 away from home.
Ntabazinduna dislodged Technosphere who drew 1-1 with Trumus. They now have 28 points from 14 matches while Technosphere are now on 27 points. Last year’s champions Plumtree Chiefs were the biggest winners on Saturday, crashing Hwange Juniors 4-0 in the coal mining town to land on position four with 25 points.
In other matches, Mpumalanga and ZPC Hwange played a goalless draw while Elephants FC lost 0-1 at home to hand basement side Old Nic Mine their first win of the season.