Former PSL sides struggle in Division 1 leagues

By Lawrence Trusida Sport Edito

NEW kids on the block continue to dominate proceedings in the country’s four Division One leagues, with former Premier Soccer League sides finding it difficult to keep pace with the table toppers.

A look at the country’s four Division One leagues makes for an interesting read.

In the ZIFA Northern region, the top three teams Herentals Under20, Golden Eagles and Simba Bhora are separated by two points.

Shamva based Simba Bhora extended their winning run to nine matches after a narrow two one win over Chinhoyi stars.

Former Dynamos midfielder, Barnabas Mushunje scored a brace for Simba in their victory, but that wasn’t enough to dethrone Herentals who also collected three points after a one-nil win over Banket United.

Golden Eagles beat Cam and Motor one-nil at Chakari Stadium to keep pace at the top.

What has been evident about these three clubs has been their approach to the game, the professionalism they have been trying to exhibit as they endeavour to join the country’s elite league.

In the ZIFA Central Region Division One league, new-boys Shesham continued with their winning ways after getting the better of ZPC Munyati one-nil in a match played at Gweru Sports Club.

The win saw Shesham maintaining their grip on pole position, with 23 points from nine matches, two above second placed TelOne FC who thrashed the Rowan Nenzou coached Filabusi United 8-0 at Ascot Stadium.

In the Eastern region, Ruwa FC and Greenfuels are neck for neck at the top after Ruwa won their match while Greenfuels had a bye.

Masvingo United affectionately known as Yuna Yuna is in mid table after seven rounds of matches.

However, former premier league side Hwange seems to have stood the taste of time as they currently lead the way in the Southern Region after their latest 2-1 victory over Mountain Climbers this Saturday.

Chipangano have 14 points from six matches followed closely by Arenel Movers who are on 13 points after they beat CIWU four-nil at White City Stadium.

Zimbabwe Saints affectionately known as Chikwata is languishing in the lower half of the log.

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