Wilbert Sibanda

Bantu Rovers . . . a complete brand

Raymond Jaravaza
THE decision to hire experienced and proven coaches at Bantu Rovers has proven to be just what the doctor ordered with Tshintsha Guluva clinching titles in all their age groups that competed in four leagues in the 2016 season.

a�?We do not pay special attention to one team (the Zifa Southern Region League side) and neglect the other age groups. All our teams are equally important that is why we have some of the best brains in Zimbabwean football involved with our junior teams,a�? said Bantu Rovers general manager Wilbert Sibanda.

Co-owner and former Highlanders coach Methembe Ndlovu together with Chicken Inn striker Obadiah Tarumbwa are in charge of the Under-18 team.

The duo propelled the Bantu Rovers Under-18 team to the summit of the Bulawayo Province Junior League Serie A log table with 72 points from 28 matches, a dozen points ahead of second-placed Highlanders.

In fact Methembe and Tarumbwaa��s team never lost a game in the 2016 season.

Warriors legend Agent Sawu took a climb down after leaving Southern Region League side Ntabazinduna and took charge of the Bantu Rovers Under-16 team.

A season into the job Sawu and his boys are smiling at the apex of the Bulawayo Province Junior League Serie A with 74 points from 28 games. Second-placed Mpumelelo trail by 24 points.

In January former Highlanders Football Club head of development Dumaza Dube left the Bulawayo giants and joined Bantu Rovers, a club he described as an a�?exciting project with an excellent junior programme that combines education and sporta�?.

His Under-14 team has been confirmed Bulawayo Province Junior League Serie A champions with two games left before the end of the season with 62 points from 26 games. Dubea��s former paymasters Highlanders trail by 13 points in second place.

The Bantu Rovers senior team coached by another Warriors legend and Highlanders midfielder Johannes Ngodzo are the 2016 Zifa Southern Region League champions after beating Bulawayo Chiefs to the title on the last day of the season.

Both teams finished on 64 points but Bantu Rovers enjoyed a superior goal difference over their closest rivals. Now ita��s a wait and see game as far as their future in the Premier Soccer League is concerned.

a�?We will wait to be guided accordingly by the relevant authorities whether we get automatic promotion into the Premier Soccer League or we will take part in the promotional playoffs,a�? said Sibanda.

Zifa and the PSL are locked in an impasse over the number of division one teams that will be promoted into top flight football.

Zifa councillors are pushing for four teams to be promoted while the PSL wants only two clubs joining the league in 2017.