Whawha FC inspired by ZPC Kariba, Harare City

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CASTLE Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) newcomers Whawha Football Club are planning big for the 2015 season as they are inspired by Harare City and ZPC Kariba who made a mark in their debuts in the top-flight league.

RONALD MOYO
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Midlands prisons correctional services officer Jere Ruzive told Southern Eye Sport yesterday they had plans to make Whawha a force to reckon with in domestic football come next season.

He said Harare City’s 2013 and ZPC Kariba’s 2014 perfect start to their PSL seasons gave them hope ahead of their maiden appearance.

“What Harare City and ZPC Kariba did gives us hope that lower teams can make names in their first appearances in the PSL,” he said.

“What I can simply say is that Whawha FC will be there to stay in the top flight league.”

Ruzive said they were banking on the experience of the coach Luke Petros Jukulile whom they have given the green light to scout for players to beef up the team for their maiden campaign in the country’s elite football league.

“We are happy to be where we are today,” he said. “It has been a long journey. We are planning for next season, our coach has been in this sport for some time so we are hoping that his experience will count.

“He played in the PSL and he knows what it takes to survive there. We believe in him, we have even given him the green light to beef up his technical bench if he feels like.”

Jukulile plied his trade in the Zimbabwean domestic scene with former champions Caps United and Mhangura before he moved to the Absa PSL where he played for Kaizer Chiefs and won the then Africa Cup Winners accolade.

Whawha FC won the Central Region Division One league early this month with 58 points, making history as they become the first prisons side make it to the PSL, but could be joined by their sister team Flame Lily from the Northern Region who only need a draw this weekend to secure their spot.

The Prison Correctional Services outfit was formed in 1978. Since then they have been playing in the lower division leagues until they wrote their own piece of history early this month.

The Central Region has been dominated by FC Platinum, then Mimosa, Chapungu, Shabanie Mine, Kwekwe Cables and Chrome Stars.