Promotion race tight

HARARE - The World Navi Northern Region Division One Soccer League promotion race has reached fever pitch with five teams still in contention to win the sole ticket to the top flight league.

With nine games before the end of the season, there is stiff competition between log leaders YADA Gunners, Flame Lily, Mushowani, returnees Bindura United and newly promoted Ngezi United.

The 2009 Zimbabwe champions lead the log standing with 56 points, five ahead of second-placed Flame Lily, who were runners’ up last season.

Mashonaland Central-based Mushowani are in third position and trail the log leaders by eight points.

Bindura United, who had a promising start are now blowing hot and cold as they are now sitting on fourth place with 45 points.

New boys Ngezi United have proved to be a force to reckon in their debut campaign and still have mathematical chance of winning the championship as they trail the log leaders by 14 points.

Gunners however blew a golden chance to extend their lead to seven points after they were held to a goalless draw by Mushowani on Wednesday.

Second-placed Flame Lily suffered a major setback as they went down 2-0 to Karoi United on the same day.

Gunners coach Kudakwashe Musaraure believes the title race is still wide open.

“Although our aim is to win the league title this season, I don’t think we can start talking of the championship now,” he said.

“We still have a lot of work to do. This is a marathon and we can only look at the positions at the end of the race. We need to stay focused and concentrate on our game.  I told my boys not to get carried away with their recent fine performance.”

Wednesday Results

Twalumba 1 Commando 1, Seven Flames 0 DStv Rangers 1, Royal Classic 0 Blue Swallows 0, Gunners 0 Mushowani 0, Karoi United 2 Flame Lilly 0, Dc Academy 1 ZRP Football Club 1, Ngezi Platinum 1 Starbill 0, Bindura 0 Lake Harvest 1, ZRP Morris 2 Chegutu 0

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