13 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Ntini Eyes Premiership

TRIANGLE are only one point away from their maiden Premiership dance while Bantu Rovers could be on their way back into the top flight-league.

The Gishon Ntini-coached side will be crowned champions if they avoid defeat in their rescheduled match against Gaza Gunners this coming weekend and end a 40-year wait in the club's history to feature in the Premiership.

Triangle were last week cleared of match fixing allegations which prompted cancellation of their match against Gaza Gunners and a draw at the weekend will all but confirm their promotion into the Premiership.

Triangle beat Chivhu Stars 1-0 and after 28 rounds of action, they are enjoying a six-point lead at the top of the table with 70 points which makes them favourites ahead of second placed Hippo Valley, who drew 2-2 against Masvingo United.

Black Rhinos and Tripple B have already sealed their places in the Premiership and attention has since been shifted to the Eastern and Southern regions.

Former CAPS United coach Ntini, who is now at the helm of Triangle, believes their destiny now lies in their hands.

"It looks like we are there but we are not yet there because anything can happen in a game football but one thing for sure is that the league is now ours to lose. I want to thank Triangle management and supporters who have been resolute through and through."

In the Southern region, former Premiership side Bantu Rovers went a point clear at the top of the table after dismissing Zimbabwe Saints 2-0 while their rivals How Mine and ZPC Hwange were held in their respective matches.

After spending two years in the country's second tier, Bantu Rovers could make a sensational return to the top-flight league if they win their last two matches against Sizani (away) and Rufaro (home).


Northern Region:

ZPC Kariba 1, DStv Rangers 0; AYSA 0, Twalumba 2; Power Master 0, Flame Lily 2; JMC Academy 2, Eiffel Flats 0; Mwana Africa 0, DC Academy 3 (walkover); Jumbo Giants 0, Blue Jets 2 (abandoned); Skylink 1, Black Rhinos 2; Scotia 1, Banket Unite 2;

Eastern Region:

Gaza Gunners 1, Tenax 0; Mutare City 0, ZRP Masvingo 3; Mkwasine 0, Setheo 2; Masvingo United 2, Hippo Valley 2; Mwenezana 1, Arcturus 0; Surrey 3, Gaths Mine 0; Renco Mine 0 Ruwa United 1; Chivhu Stars 0, Triangle 1;

Central Region:

Chapungu 4, MSU 2; FC Platinum 0, Hwahwa 0; Strikers 5, Jessie Mine 2; Tongogara 2, NewZimsteel 2; Vumbachikwe 1, Airstars 1; Chrome Stars 0, Tripple B 0; Town United 5, Silo United 2;

Southern Region:

New West 6, Makhandeni 0; Bulawayo Chiefs 0, ZPC Hwange 0;Mpumalanga 2, Railstars 1; Bantu Rovers 2, Zimbabwe Saints 0; Hwange Juniors 3, How Mine 3; Tsholotsho 0, Rufaro 0.

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