The Northern Region Soccer League will on Saturday host another mouth watering clash between championship contenders Herentals U20 and Golden Eagles at Motor Action Sports Club just days after another top drawer encounter pitting Eagles and Simba Bhora which drew a bumper crowd at Ellis Robbins.
Tuesday’s match between Golden Eagles and Simba Bhora which ended in a 1-1 stalemate at Ellis Robbins drew multitudes of fans and wide coverage creating a lot of talk on the growing strength of the Northern Region Soccer League brand.
With six matches to go before the end of the season, the month of August fixtures have a bearing on the destiny of the championship with the top three teams only separated by three points. The top three are all going to meet in the month of August and the forthcoming top of the table clashes between Herentals U20 and Golden Eagles and the encounter between Simba Bhora and Herentals U20 next weekend are going to have a telling effect on the title race.
Herentals U20 coach Paul Benza whose side are two points behind log leaders Simba Bhora said he was excited to face Golden Eagles at a time there is a lot of hype around matches involving the top three in the league.
“These games have drawn up loads of anxiety and excitement among fans and other stakeholders. So we are not going to disappoint either. We are going to give fans value for their money through good entertaining football,” Benza said.
“Golden Eagles are a good side, who come into the match in need of a win since they are are gunning for the title. We also want a win so that we achieve our target of a top three finish. So it’s going to be a good game with both sides giving their all. On our side, it’s our mandate to give the best for the club, the fans and the league at large. We promise to give our best show on Saturday.”
Golden Eagles coach Gilbert Mushangazhike said they are going to continue with the intensity that they had in their past match against Simba Bhora.
“They gained something from the match against Simba Bhora. Experience is gained from playing matches of this magnitude, it’s not bought,” Mushangazhike said.
“We are not really under pressure, we are just taking game by game hoping to collect maximum points in each game until the end of the season. We are going into this match with a positive mind.”
Log leaders Simba Bhora are away to bottom side Cam & Motor at Rimuka stadium hoping for a win to maintain their position at the top.
“We just need the same spirit that we exhibited against Golden Eagles that even when the tide is against us, we find a way to get a result. We now need to maintain our position at the summit of the league as we gun for the championship. We need to respect Cam & Motor but at the same time get maximum points,” Simba Bhora assistant coach Paul Chimalizeni said.
Black Mambas and Commando Bullets renew their fight for top four slot as they are both tied on 41 points with Mambas away to Golden Valley on Friday while Bullets take on Harare City at Rufaro stadium on Saturday.
Chegutu Pirates will be looking at recovering from a dry patch with a win away to Chinhoyi Stars at Chinhoyi stadium while PAM FC and Trojan Stars tussle it out at Kuwadzana stadium in Banket. Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 can break into fourth position with a win over Come Again should Black Mambas and Commando Bullets falter in their matches.
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