MIDLANDS- Sheasham FC has consolidated its grip at the top of the Central Region Soccer League after opening a seven-point lead. The feat was after a convincing 6-0 demolition of Bishopstone FC at Gweru Sports Club on Saturday. Rivals TelOne FC, however, dropped two points in a stalemate with Loss Control FC.
Former Dongo Saw Mills and Chicken Inn striker Physwell Madhazi and Respect Chabonga grabbed a brace each, while Prosper Andrea and McDonald Mavhuto also added their names to the score sheet.
Coach John Nyikadzino was ecstatic after the win but refused to talk about the title.
“We are happy with this victory. The boys did well. Scoring six goals is really good for the confidence of the players and the team in general. For us, it has always been about taking each game as it comes without looking at what is happening elsewhere until the end of the season. We are just running our race,” Nyikadzino said.
With only five matches left before the end of the season, Sheasham FC is on a course toward winning the title if they maintain their winning streak. It missed a chance to play in the prestigious premier league on the last day of the previous campaign. Sheasham now needs at least three wins in the last five matches to be crowned the champions.
TelOne lost ground in the title race after drawing 1-1 against lowly-placed Loss Control who came into the match struggling to raise a team. The John ‘Senior’ Phiri-coached Loss Control had only two substitutes on the bench, with their reserve goalkeeper playing as an infield player but putting up a polished performance. Menford Mudzimu put them ahead just five minutes into the match.
TelOne laboured to breach the Loss Control defence and only managed to penetrate in the second half through Blessing Sahondo but could not find the winning goal.
Third-positioned Vumbachikwe moved to within a point of second-placed TelOne after being awarded three points on a 3-0 score line following Kwekwe United’s failure to turn up for the match at Long John stadium.
Tongogara maintained their fourth position on the log standings with a 2-1 away to Paramount United in Gokwe. On the other hand, Clemence Zuze started his tenure as Chapungu head coach on a winning note beating Filabusi 1-0 away at Filabusi stadium. Peniel Gumbo scored a solitary goal of the match from a spot-kick after veteran striker Philip Marufu was brought down just outside the box.
Dulibadzimu got the better of MSU, with Leeroy Rwokuda scoring five minutes into the match to give the Beitbridge-based side a 1-0 win.
ZPC Munyati snatched a 2-1 victory from FC Platinum U19 at Mandava Stadium with goals from Anesu Jaravaza and Lloyd Gwerina, while Arthur Mundinga scored for FC Platinum U19.
TelOne 1-1 Loss Control, Dulibadzimu 1-0 MSU, Sheasham 6-0 Bishopstone
Vumbachikwe 3-0 Kwekwe Walkover Filabusi 0-1 Chapungu
FC Platinum 1-2 ZPC Munyati and Paramount 1-2 Tongogara