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MUSHOWANI Stars are proving a difficult team to stop for teams in the World Navi Northern Region Division One Soccer League.

And their Mashonaland Central rivals, Bindura United, are not giving up the fight too, in what is proving to be an exciting duel.Only one point separates the two teams and while Mushowani have been impressive, Bindura United have been unrelenting in their pursuit.

On Saturday Stars, who are coached by veteran gaffer Paul “Popopo” Chimalizeni, retained their place at the top of the table after dismissing ZRP Morris 2-0 at their adopted home Afdis.

Mushowani have been using Afdis because their home ground in Madziwa is still being refurbished but, just like ZPC Kariba in the Premiership, that hasn’t stopped them from an impressive run.

Chimalizeni’s men got their goals from Idilisa Kaponda in the first half and Zivanai Mhanda in the second half to maintain their unbeaten run in the Northern Region Division One league.

ZRP Morris, who were coming from a win in their previous game, were hoping to continue with their winning ways as things appeared to have started to take shape at the club after a very tough start.

The police side, coached by Martin Bonongwe, could not stand the heat against their high-flying opponents and the coach conceded defeat saying they lost to a good side.

“I think the game was fair, to be honest we lost to a better side. They were the better team on the day, they were always first to the ball most of the time,” said Bonongwe.

“Our reaction was slow and we conceded two goals from set pieces. The first one was from a free-kick and the second one was from a corner-kick showing that we were slow in our reaction.

“In the first half we gave them too much respect with my players allowing them to play but I spoke to the guys and in the second half there was much improvement.”

Bonongwe said his troops failed to utilise the chances that came their way and paid a huge price for that.

Bindura United also defeated another police side, Black Mambas, showing their class as they won at Morris Depot, thanks to a 74th minute goal from Eriah Mafirenyika.

The Bindura side have only lost once all season.

In other matches played over the weekend, it’s all gloomy for DStv Rangers, as they suffered another defeat at the hands of Gunners on Sunday at Old Hararians Sports Club.

Rangers, who drew 0-0 against Karoi United away from home in the previous game, had high hopes going into this match but crashed to their fourth defeat of the campaign and, crucially, they are still to win a match all season.

Gunners got their goal from Moses Demera in the second half to maintain their fourth place on the table.

They are trailing the leaders by five points.

Gunners seem to have adjusted to life in Division One after a poor campaign last year and they have only lost once in eight matches.

But while everything looks rosy for Gunners, the same cannot be said about coach Elvis “Chuchu” Chiweshe whose Rangers side nose-dived into second-from-bottom after their fourth loss in eight games.

Whether Chuchu survives this latest setback, in a campaign in which his team has failed to win in eight games, remains to be seen this week but the former Dynamos coach knows that the report card does not make good reading.

Tavaka Gumbo is another coach feeling the pressure as struggling Chegutu Pirates lost again, going down 0-1 to Flame Lily at Chakari, and remained bottom of the table as they suffered their fifth defeat in eight matches.

Pirates are yet to win a match and have only three draws to their credit.

Results: Commando 1, Royal Classic 0 Blue Swallows 0, Karoi United 0 Mushowani 2 Stars, ZRP Morris 0 DC Academy 1, Ngezi Platinum 2 Black Mambas 0, Bindura United 1 Starbill 0, Twalumba 0 Lake Harvest 1, Seven Flames 0 Chegutu Pirates 0, Flame Lily 1 Dstv Rangers 0, Gunners 1.

Source : The Herald