Chapungu return to PSL

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AIRFORCE side Chapungu booked themselves a ticket to play Premier Soccer League (PSL) football next season after thumping army side Tongogara 4-2 in their own backyard, to open an assailable 10-point lead at the summit.

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They return after a five-year hiatus in Division One and will make Ascot Stadium, which will host the Mbada Diamonds Cup quarter-final match between Caps United and Chicken Inn this Saturday, their home ground.

Chapungu replaces Hardbody who were demoted last season and ensures that top-flight football, at least returns to the Harare-Bulawayo Highway.

They will become the fourth club to be sponsored by BancABC after sealing a deal three weeks back to join giants Dynamos, Highlanders and police side Black Mambas.

With three games left before the Central Soccer League (CSL) season ends, Chapungu can afford to lose all the matches and still maintain their lead at the summit of the log with a single point.

Second-placed Town United can only get a maximum of nine points from the remaining matches.

But Chapungu have six guaranteed points from their forthcoming fixtures against Gwanda Ramblers and Tripple B Academy who have been ejected from the log.

The Airforce side becomes the first Zifa Division One side this season to gain promotion into the top-flight football, and their road to promotion has been an easy one so far, after winning 20 matches drawing four and losing just once.

Town United, who had reduced Chapungu’s lead to seven points last week after edging the log leaders 2-1 and threatening to take the promotion race to the wire, fell 0-1 away to Vumbachikwe to give Chapungu the chance to open an unassailable lead.

Elsewhere, third-placed Chrome stars beat Gaths Mine 1-0 to close in on Town United whom they now trail by two points, to set the tone for a possible fierce fight for second spot in the coming weeks.

Jessie Mine edged Whawha 3-2 at Collen Bawn Stadium, while MSU continued singing the blues after being thumped 3-1 at home by Silo United to slump into seventh position with 39 points.

Former PSL side Hardbody put up a spirited fight to hold FC Platinum U-19 1-1 at Mandava Stadium.

NM Academy got three free points from expelled Tripple B Academy to complete the fixtures in week 25 of the CSL.