WHAWHA Football Club has become the first Division One team to be promoted into the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League this season after clinching the Central Soccer League (CSL) title on Sunday following their 1-0 win away to fellow title-chasers Gweru City.
They will use Ascot Stadium in Gweru as their home ground next season, creating a Gweru derby between themselves and Chapungu.
Whawha, who fall under the Zimbabwe Prison Services, become the fourth Midlands team in the PSL after big shots FC Platinum, Shabanie Mine, if they survive relegation and Chapungu.
Second-placed Midlands State University stumbled at Mandava losing 2-0 to FC Platinum U-19, a result which left them four points behind Whawha with only one game left before the season ends.
Whawha club chairperson Musa Ntonga congratulated the players and technical department for a job well done.
“I want to congratulate the players and their coaches for a good job,” he said.
“They did well the whole season despite some financial challenges we had during the campaign.”
Whahwa also dispelled rumours that they would give their franchise to fellow prison warders Flame Lily if they fail to win the Northern Region title.
Ntonga refuted the claims saying they would definitely compete in the top-flight league and would use Ascot Stadium as their home venue.
“There is nothing like that. We will compete in the premiership next season regardless of Flame Lily’s position at the end of their season and we will use Ascot as our home venue,” said Ntonga.
“The Gweru community supported us during trying times and the only reward we can give them is premiership football which we will do.”