Flame Lilly one step closer

HARARE - Flame Lilly opened a three-point lead at the top of the World Navi Northern Region Division One Soccer League after beating Starbill 1-0 on Saturday.

With one game before the end of the season the Zimbabwe Prison Service side took full advantage of second-placed Gunners who played to a two-all draw against Ngezi Platinum at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.

Flame Lilly’s Kenny Marowa scored the only goal of the match 10 minutes before the break with a spectacular free kick. With the win Flame Lilly moved to 73 points on the log.

After the match Flame Lilly coach Nesbert Saruchera urged his players to remain calm, however, he insisted that their chances of winning the promotion ticket are now very high.

“I’m happy we managed to collect maximum points but we want to remain calm because the season is not over yet,” he said.

“As I told you before, we need to stay focused and concentrate on our game. We are now under pressure because as the log leaders everyone would want to beat us.

“I think our chances of winning the championship are very high we need to play our normal game in our last match.

“For today I think we missed a lot of chances in the second half I think it’s because of pressure but what is important is that we collect maximum points.”

Flame Lilly face ZRP FC in their last league match and Saruchera believes that the encounter will not be easy.

“We are facing ZRP in our last match but as I always said the game is not easy, we are going to put maximum effort for us to be crowned champions,” said the former Black Rhinos coach.

Turning into yesterday’s game the Chikurubhi-based side started the match a better team and were rewarded shortly before the break after Marowa scored with a spectacular free kick from outside the box.

During the second half, the home side continued to dominate but squandered several opportunities to extent their lead.

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