Herentals on course despite 2nd defeat

HARARE – Runaway Zifa Northern Region Division One League leaders Herentals suffered their second defeat of the season falling 1-0 to a fired-up Golden Valley at the weekend.

Forward Legend Zulu scored the priceless goal for Golden Valley five minutes from the break but the defeat had little impact on the School Boys’ charge towards sealing promotion into the top flight as they remain 16 points clear at the top of the log.

With 14 matches left before the season ends, Herentals remain favourites to earn promotion having enjoyed good form since the start of the season.

Herentals coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva while disappointed with the result remains optimistic of the team’s chances to seal promotion.

“It is always disappointing to lose a game but we need to quickly forget about this defeat and move on,” Mutiwekiziva told the Daily News.

“It’s not the end of the road but rather a warning of the need to fight hard. I think we were a bit complacent in our approach something we really need to work on.

“But all the same, I am confident of achieving our target of sealing promotion into the top flight.”

The win for Golden Valley took them to 36 points having played 21 matches. They can still reduce the gap to 13 points with the log leaders if they win their game in hand.

Mushowani Stars also kept their slim hopes alive with a win against Karoi United to move to 35 points from 22 matches.

After showing a lot of promise at the start of the season, Mushowani somehow lost steam during the course and have been inconsistent lately.

They are now banking on other teams to do them a favour while winning their own fixtures if they are to make a surprise comeback.

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