Central League roars into life


THE delayed Central Soccer League Division One will finally kick off this weekend with a number of mouthwatering matches lined up.


The newly-elected Central region board delayed the start of the season as they were still negotiating for sponsorship.

However, the sponsorship has been hard to come by, prompting the leadership to okay the start of the league while they continue with negotiations.

Board member (administration) Stanley Chapeta, confirmed that they had not finalised sponsorship issues, but continue engaging potential sponsors without further delaying the start of the 2014 season.

“We have not yet found a sponsor for the league and we will have to start without a sponsor, he said.

“We are still negotiating with potential sponsors, but that will not stop the start of the season.”

Mkoba Stadium will host the most intriguing match when Gweru City host last season second runners-up Town United of Beitbridge.

The border Town outfit is, however, not the same as last season following the death of their patron Sipho Singo, who was the chief executive officer of the Beitbridge Town Council and the subsequent departure of coach John Phiri who joined Shabanie Mine.

Gweru City have been preparing rigorously for this season and are expected to be the team to beat having bolstered their squad with a number of promising youngsters.

They have also signed Brighton Sibanda who was playing in the Botswana Premier League for Miscellaneous.

Gweru City v Town United (Mkoba Stadium)
MSU v Whawha (MSU Grounds)
Chomumvuri v Gaths Mine (Amaveni Stadium)
Silo United v ZRP Beitbridge (Mbizo Stadium)

Nkayi United v Tongogara (Nkayi),
FC Platinum Under-19 v Vumbachikwe (Mandava Stadium)
Chrome Stars v Blanket Mine (Mbizo Stadium).