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Week 19 in retrospect: Ngezi maintain lead, Rhinos tumble further

The second half of the Castle Premier Soccer League (CPSL) season enters the third round this weekend, at the back of some decisive match outcomes in match day 19.

Ngezi Platinum Stars replicated the scoring form which saw them thrash Black Rhinos 4-2 by scoring against Hwange, taking their tally to eight in just 2 matches, and regaining top spot from FC Platinum.

FC Platinum maintained their winning start to the second half of the season, beating a resilient Bantu Rovers by a goal to nil, having ended Dynamos’ eight-match unbeaten streak on Wednesday.

Highlanders and Dynamos both responded well to midweek losses, the Bulawayo giants dispatching Shabanie Mine 0-2 at Maglas while DeMbare’s homecoming ended in a 2-1 win over Triangle.

The official reopening of Rufaro stadium ended in tragedy for Caps United who lost 3-2 to Harare City in a game where the reigning Champions scored two own goals. With just 12 matches, 7 behind the current matchday, Caps United still have a chance to lay claim of the title when the season concludes.

An indifferent start to the second half of the season has seen Black Rhinos falling to sixth position, six points behind log leaders, Ngezi. Having relied on a mean defence in the first half of the season, conceding just seven times in 16 games, Rhinos have now conceded 7 times in just two matches, a three-nil thumping by Chapungu coming at the back of the midweek loss to Ngezi.

Chicken Inn’s steady rise to the top continued as they edged Bulawayo City by a goal to nil, a second identical score line on the trot [vs Bantu Rovers]. Chicken Inn are joint second with fc Platinum, both 2 points adrift of Ngezi.

Dynamos [33] and highlanders [31] are fourth and 7th respectively, with How Mine [33] and Black Rhinos [31] in position five and six respectively.

Matchday 19 results

Bantu Rovers 0-1 FC Platinum

Shabanie Mine 0-2 Highlanders

ZPC Kariba 0-0 Yadah Stars

Tsholotsho 1-1 How Mine

Chicken Inn 1-0 Bulawayo City

Ngezi Platinum Stars 4-1 Hwange

Harare City 3-2 Caps United

Chapungu 3-0 Black Rhinos

Dynamos 2-1 Triangle

 

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