Central region

Region Center D1 in the home stretch

The Central Zifa Region Football League is set to resume matches this weekend after a two-week hiatus imposed by league authorities to force clubs to settle unpaid affiliate fees.

Before the break, only three teams – Bishopstone, Chapungu and TelOne – had fulfilled their obligations out of 14 teams.

According to the vice-president of the region, Thomas Marambanyika, the other clubs have now paid.

“We are happy that the teams answered our call and that they managed to pay despite the financial difficulties encountered,” Marambanyika told the NewsDay Sport.

“It is essential for us to move forward at this stage despite the challenges we face and we urge all clubs to behave on their best terms, especially at this sensitive time when the season is about to come to an end.

“We also urge sponsors to join us in order to ease the burden on clubs.”

In a statement, the region confirmed the resumption of meetings.

“The association hereby informs your esteemed office and no one that the remaining league matches of the 2021/22 season will resume on Saturday July 9, 2022,” the statement read.

“We call on all member clubs to ensure a high level of decorum in the final round of the league.”

There are six rounds of games left before the curtain falls, with all eyes on the top two leaders, Sheasham and TelOne, vying for the only promotion ticket.

Third- and fourth-placed teams Vumbachikwe and Tongogara, who have 38 and 36 points respectively, will also be looking to be influential down the stretch.

Five points separate the two clubs heading into Week 21, with Sheasham in pole position with 46 points, while TelOne has 41 points.

On Saturday, Sheasham host Bishopstone at Gweru Sports Club, while TelOne host Zvishavane side Loss Control across town at Ascot Stadium.

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