Tricky time for Bulawayo Chiefs

BULAWAYO - Southern Region division one log leaders Bulawayo Chiefs will have to be mentally strong when they play host to ZPC Hwange Saturday in the wake of match-fixing allegations levelled against them by Tsholotsho.

A member of the Chiefs technical department is alleged to have tried to bribe the Tsholotsho goalkeeper before last week’s tie between the two sides, which ended in a 1-0 victory for the latter.

Tsholotsho have since written to Zifa to make an official complaint and Chiefs will have to be psyched up to overcome the stigma of being labelled match-fixers if they are to bounce back to winning ways against ZPC.

Chiefs are on 31 points after playing 13 matches while ZPC, who at the beginning of the year were touted as one of the favourites for promotion, are 10 points behind after going through a lean spell in recent weeks.

Second-placed Black Boots will host Technosphere at Fairbridge Saturday in a game of two teams that thrive on power play.

The police outfit trail Chiefs by five points and will be out to capitalise on any slip up by the log leaders.

White City Stadium will be the venue for a double header that will see second-placed Quelaton play Tsholotsho at midday before Ajax Hotspurs and Zimbabwe Saints clash in the afternoon match.

Fixtures: Quelaton v Tsholotsho (White City, 12pm), Byo Jumbos v Hwange U’20 (Brad Barracks, 3pm), Ajax  Hotspurs v Zim Saints (White City 3pm), Black Boots v Technosphere (Fair Bridge, 3pm), Ntabazinduna v New West (Ntabazinduna 3pm), Rufaro Rovers v Mpumalanga (Hwange 3pm), Mkhosana v Bantu Rovers(Vic Falls, 3pm), Byo Chiefs v ZPC Hwange (Plumtree, 3pm).