SECOND placed Zifa Southern Region team Bulawayo Chiefs, who missed promotion into the Premier Soccer League by a whisker last season, are not under pressure to prove themselves in the 2016 season which is going into Week Five at the weekend.
Chiefs came second in the 2015 season to eventual winners Bulawayo City FC.
Coach Thulani Sibanda (ABOVE) does not read too much into last seasona��s performance which saw his team go toe to toe with Bulawayo City FC.
a�?Ita��s all in the past that we almost gained promotion into the PSL last season as this is a new season which comes with its own challenges and expectations. The season is still young but ita��s good that we are in the leading pack,a�? said Sibanda.
The mentor believes the Division One League is the most unpredictable league in the country and as such no teams should be classified as underdogs.
a�?Teams such as Bosso 90 that were playing in the Division Two league last season are already showing how unpredictable our league can be by beating experienced teams. Ita��s not surprising to unearth a future Peter Ndlovu from the so-called small clubs so all the teams must be treated with respect,a�? he said.
Chiefs date fellow Bulawayo-based team Black Boots at White City Stadium on Sunday.
a�?Black Boots are more experienced than us as they have been in the Division One league for a long time and that makes them a difficult team to beat,a�? he said.
In other matches, former Premiership club Bantu Rovers host Victoria Falls Tigers at Luveve Stadium on Sunday while ZRP Hwange welcome Bosso 90 at the Hwange Old Stadium on Saturday.