Chiefs promoted to the top-flight league


ZIFA Southern region division one league log leaders Bulawayo Chiefs have clinched the ticket to compete in the Zimbabwean top-flight league next season with only two games before the season ends.

Ronald Moyo
Sports Reporter

The Plumtree side has 60 points but will end the weekend on 63 points as they match against Mkosana has been cancelled.

Mkosana have failed to fulfil their last fixtures as they owe the league affiliation fees.

Second placed Black Boots who faltered on Wednesday dropping two points in a 2-2 draw against Ntabazinduna in Ntabazinduna are on 56 points from 28 matches.

Even if they win their remaining matches against Mpumalanga and ZPC Hwange they will reach a maximum of 62 points while if Bulawayo Chiefs win their last game against Hwange Junior they will reach 66 points.

Bulawayo Chiefs head coach Thulani Sibanda was ecstatic over booking the ticket into the premiership having also done the same with Quelaton in 2011.

“We are happy we have finally booked the ticket to the Premier league. We could have done it earlier because the competition was not that tough, but due to some circumstances we delayed the process, ” Sibanda said.

The Bulawayo Chiefs gaffer led former premiership outfits Quelaton to the top-flight league in 2011 with five games to wrap up the season.

Sibanda attributed the promotion to the players who always played as a team.

“ The campaign was more on rotational basis so all the guys did very well, they fought as a team throughout. Players like George Majika, Gift Saunyama, and Vice Ncube did very well,” Sibanda said.