WITH 10 games to go before the curtain comes down on the 2019 Zifa Southern Region league, an interesting scenario is emerging in the race to the championship matrix.
A six-team mixture of title favourites and dark horses that is taking shape at the top of the log standings has some coaches pondering on how the title race will end.
Talen Vision coach Mkhuphali Masuku believes the title race is wide open with a number of teams still in with a chance.
“It’s not between us and Bulawayo City — there are still 10 games to go and a number of teams still have a chance to win it (championship),” said Masuku.
The ex-Warriors assistant coach is not particularly worried about the seemingly two-dog fight between his team and its closest rivals — Bulawayo City.
It’s the emergence of hard-to-beat teams — ZPC Hwange, Makomo and Indlovu Iyanyathela — that are lingering in the top six that has coaches like Masuku worried.
One such dark horse, Indlovu Iyanyathela, might not be in the immediate championship matrix but their target of a top four finish will be cause for concern for the title contenders.
“Last season was a rebuilding phase for us when we brought in a number of young players to complement our experienced players and we are seeing the results of that rebuilding exercise this year.
“It’s been a tough journey bringing in youngsters into the team, many of whom had never played Division One football, but judging from where we are sitting on the log standings, a top four finish is achievable,” said team manager Blessing Mbwanda.
The army side roped in coach Clemence Chimimba who was tasked with transforming Indlovu Iyanyathela from “an average to a feared side”.
“Few teams have walked out of our home ground (Mzilikazi Barracks) with a draw, not to mention a win, and that shows the good work our coach and his assistants have been doing for the past two years,” he added.
Mainline v Talen Vision (Dingumuzi Stadium); Ajax Hotspurs v ZPC Hwange (Crescent) (12pm); Binga Pirates v Arenel Movers (Binga High School); Bosso 90 v Makomo (Crescent) (3pm); Indlovu Iyanyathela v CIWU (Mzilkazi Barracks); Moto Moto v Mosi Rovers (Mpumalanga) Casmyn on Bye