The Central Region Soccer League season curtain downer which also serves as the title decider has been pushed further by a week to allow army teams Chapungu and Tongogara to fulfill their outstanding fixtures.
Chapungu and Tongogara could not partake in the previous weekend fixtures owing to national duty assignment as their players were part of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces team which played Botswana in the Defence Forces Day Commemorations on Tuesday.
The ZIFA Central Region Soccer League administrator Gift Nyapomwe said since there is one match before the end of the season they saw it prudent to allow Chapungu and Tongogara to play their fixtures first before concluding the season.
“Since we only have one round of matches left, it was illogical to reach the climax with the championship decider and then revert to those two outstanding matches days later. So we are going to have the outstanding fixtures on Wednesday 17 August 2022 and then have the final matches of the season on the weekend of 21 August 2022,” Nyapomwe said.
Sheasham needs just a point in the final match away to lowly Loss Control at Gresham stadium in Zvishavane to be crowned champions. The John Nyikadzino coached side carry a three point lead ahead of TelOne who face a tougher assignment against third placed Vumbachikwe at Ascot stadium.
Nyikadzino who is line towards making history by winning the Central Region Soccer League championship title with three different teams having won it with Chapungu and Nichrut before, is however cautious saying they need to beat Loss Control first before celebrating.
“We haven’t won the title yet so we remain focused on the job at hand. We are working on the psychological aspect of the game because our players have been under a lot of pressure in recent games. We also need to calm the players because some of them are now over excited. The job is not done yet, we need to beat Loss Control and then we celebrate,” Nyikadzino said.
TelOne who scored 12 more goals than their rivals need the odds to be in their favour hoping that Loss Control beats Sheasham and they win against Vumbachikwe to be crowned champions on superior goal difference.
Sheasham lost the title to WhaWha on the last match of the season in the previous campaign but the Construction Boys seems to have learnt a lesson from the episode with their coach Nyikadzino emphasizing on mental strength ahead of the match.
Tongogara, Chapungu and Dulibadzimu will also be tussling for a top four finish with Tongogara hoping to cling on to the position with wins in the last two matches against Bishopstone and ZPC Munyati while Chapungu and Dulibadzimu will cancel each other out in the rescheduled match on Wednesday before finishing off against Kwekwe United and Paramount United respectively.
With one team facing the chop, basement side Bishopstone will be fighting to avoid relegation hoping to use home advantage against Tongogara in the mid week and pray for a favourable result in the last match away to MSU and also hope for Filabusi and Paramount to drop points.
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