Central Region hots up

By Tongai Mashonga

A lot of exciting football has been displayed by teams in the Central Region Soccer League (CRSL) so far and local teams Ivan hoe, Den­dairy and Zpc Munyati have the ca­pacity to compete for the title this season.

Kwekwe United started their preparations for the season later and have a youthful team but results are not coming out.

After week six Fc Platinum U19 are sitting on top of the log with 14 points while title favourites Sheash­am are second with 13 points but have a game in hand.

Of the the local teams

Ivan hoe, ZPC Munyati, Dendairy are occupying position six, seven, eight on the log and all have nine points only ZPC have a game in hand.

The Peter Manoti coached Kwek­we United are at the bottom of the log with only two points.

United are paying the price for starting their preparations late which is giving Manoti and his as­sistant Shadreck Malunga a head­ache in terms of fitness but they have a talented youthful side which can cause upsets if they relax.

Isaac Nyabvure and his techni­cal team of Mike Dinyero and Al­fonse Banda lost one game so far in Gwanda against Vumbachikwe but won two games and drew three.

Last weekend they drew two all in a tough encounter against Sheasham. With the experience of goalkeeper Phumuzile Zikhali, Lucky Makura, Deverson Maneya, combative midfield Elton Njanji combined with the talents of Leo Hofisi, Farai Mususunye and Jayson Kalimu upfront Ivan hoe are set for the title fight. At ZPC Munyati Rutherford Ma­tondo and his assistant Petros Siban­da have won three games beating Gokwe North, Kwekwe United in the derby match and last weekend they beat former premier league side Shabani at Munyati with goals coming from mid­fielders Lloyd Gwerina and Joseph Matambo. With power forward strike part­nership of Elton Njini and Wash­ington Navaya supported with an experienced midfield of former Dy­namos player Farai Vimisai, mid­field dynamo Lloyd Gwerina and Joseph Matambo. ZPC are definite­ly gunning for the coveted CRSL title this season. The Citro Boys have scored five goals considered two and won two games drew three only lost to Yo­ram Ngwira’s Blanket Mine 2-1 last weekend. The Solomon Kaseke coached Dendairy have a pool of talented players and the coaches are still trying to find their best combi­nations to come up with a regular outfit. Miton Zuze, Joseph Pongolani,Clive Kawinga, Ayam Mlasi and goalkeeper Vhelemu Phi­ri have played in all their matches while the rest are on rotation. With a talented pool of players at their disposal nothing will stop the Citro Boys to compete for the title. Week seven fixture Kwekwe United host Black Eagles at Mbizo Stadium while across town battle of Kwekwe derby beckons at Baghdad Stadium where Ivan Hoe lock horns with ZPC Munyati. Dendairy travel to Maglass Stadium for a date with the wounded Chinda Boys, Shabani Mine.

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