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Herentals shoot to the top as Rhinos falter

Story by Mthokozisi Dube, Sports Reporter

WOMEN Premier Soccer League defending champions Herentals shot to the top of the log after dispatching Black Mambas 2-nil.

The race for the championship crown took a twist at the weekend as Herentals leap-fogged and reclaimed top spot.

The Students dismissed Black Mambas while pacesetters Black Rhinos had an unfruitful outing at Manyame, losing 2-1 to Chapungu Queens.

Herentals are three points clear at the summit on 24 points after eight rounds of matches.

Correctional Queens remained on position three after edging Faith Drive one-nil. Harare Queens were the biggest victors at the weekend, pummelling Conduit 4-nil.

At the tail end of the log, anchors ZRP Harare continued on a losing streak, suffering a 1-nil loss to Sheasham.

The Construction Ladies recorded their second win of the season but did little to run away from the relegation axe as they occupy 11th position.

Hope Academy and Mutare City played out to a nil-all share of spoils.

Debutants Highlanders Royals turned the tide and collected maximum points against MSU Queens through a 3-1 margin.

While it looks like an almost sealed fate for debutants Hope Academy and Mutare City, the two sides are looking at the bigger picture of bringing exposure to the girl child.

“Dliwayo we will get it right, remember this is a new project but we are optimistic we will survive the chop,” said Hope Academy chairperson, Thembelani Dliwayo.

Mutare City administrator, Victor Sanyangore said, “This is a programme meant to expose the girl child and we are happy we have managed to maintain a good age group with our oldest player being a 24-year-old. We will continue to unravel the talent in Manicaland.”

The league has been running smoothly with little incidences of walk overs after participating teams received a cash injection to meet travelling costs.

“We are happy all our teams are giving it their all this will help whoever is given the ropes to lead the team to easily identify players who are always in action,” said the spokesperson of women football, Sizolwethu Dube.

The women’s teams recently received UD$5 000 each from FIFA, with another cash injection set to be released in the near future.

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