THE Zifa Southern Region League resumes this weekend after taking a mid-season hiatus that also included a short break for the recently conducted national Harmonised Elections.
Traditionally, the Division One league takes a two-week mid-season break in July to allow teams to refresh and loan out, offload, buy and sell players.
The Makomo versus Indlovu Iyanyathela tie that had been scheduled for Hwange on Saturday afternoon has been postponed as the visitors’, a Zimbabwe National Army side — players and officials are on national duty.
Meanwhile, log leaders, deservedly so after winning 11 games, drawing four times and losing just once, meet Talen Vision on the same day in the coal-rich town of Hwange
looking to extend their lead when the league kicks off for the second half of the 2018 campaign.
Coach Nation Dube has not hidden his desire to make a quick return to the Premiership next season, a status the coalminers lost last year owing to relegation from the country’s top flight league.
“We are a big club and it’s only natural that we want to gain promotion back into the Premiership next year. But as a coach I have to be careful not to put the players under pressure, all I ask of them is to take each match at a time,” said Dube.
At the bottom of the log it’s a “dog eat dog” scenario.
Bottom-placed ZRP Bulawayo Province are fighting for dear life to remain in the First Division league when they take on Bosso 90, a Highlanders Football Club owned developmental side, on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday 11 August
Zim leopards vs Casmyn Luveve 3pm; ZRP BYO Province vs Bosso 90 Ross Camp 3pm; Makomo vs Indlovu Iyanyathela Hwange (Postponed); CIWU vs Main Line Crescent 12pm; ZPC Hwange vs Talen Vision Hwange 12pm; Tsholotsho vs Mosi Rovers Luveve 12pm; Toronto vs Hwange Gifford 12pm
Sunday 12 August
NRZ Leopards vs Moto Moto Dete 3pm