It's far from being decided – Chunga

HARARE – Hippo Valley coach Moses Chunga yesterday refused to accept the favourites tag for the Zifa Eastern Region Division One championship insisting the league is still far from being decided.

After being pipped to the Castle Premiership ticket by rivals Triangle last year, Hippo Valley came back a more recharged side and they are currently enjoying a 13 point lead at the top of the standings.

Hippo Valley are yet to lose a match thus far after 12 rounds of action winning 11 times and drawing once — amassing a massive 34 points.

Chunga’s men have so far scored 32 times while conceding twice and at the weekend they stayed on course for promotion with a 3-0 walkover victory over Grain Masters.

But despite that fine run, Chunga, who joined the Lowveld side at the beginning of the season remains modest and believes concentration will be key to their promotion quest.

“I have no interest in dividing up the skin before I kill the bear,” Chunga told Daily News yesterday.

“My team is not listening to those saying we are the favourites for the title. There are several top teams and you have to confirm that status in every game. We have to stay modest and that is how we need to continue.

“We might be leading for now but we haven’t finished the race as yet. Competition is tough and we just need to stay focused.

“We are geared to compete at the highest level but we have to do one thing at a time.”

Hippo Valley have become a compact unit and at the beginning of the season they acquired several former Premiership players whom they blended with some youngsters.

Some of the players who are in their ranks include veteran former Black Rhinos and Shabanie Mine midfielder Rowan Nenzou and former CAPS United defender Asani Nhongo.

In other matches Mutare City who are second on the log thrashed Rimbi Stars 6-1 while third-placed Ruwa United forced a 2-2 draw against former Premiership side Masvingo United at Mucheke Stadium.

In the Northern Region section, ZPC Kariba maintained their lead despite 1-0 loss to rivals DStv Rangers.

ZPC is now tied on 29 points with Flame Lily at the top but they boast of a superior goal difference.

Results

Northern Region: DC Academy 1, Jumbo 2; JMC 0, Blue Rangers 2; Forrester 1, Gunners 3; Lake Harvest 0, Power Master 1; Commando 1, Flame Lilly 1; ZRP Morris 0, Twalumba 1; Dstv Rangers 1, ZPC Kariba 0; Starbill 0, Chegutu 2; Mushowani 2, Banket 1;

Eastern Region: Hippo Valley 3, grain Masters 0; Mutare City 6, Rimbi Stars 0; Masvingo United 2, Ruwa United 2; Gaza Gunners 3, Arcturus 0; Mwenezana 2, Tenax 0; Surrey 1, Mkwasine 1; Mutare Poly 2, ZRP Masvingo 1; South Downs 0, Renco Mine 0;

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