ZIFA Southern Region Division One 2014 champions Tsholotsho FC, who will be rubbing shoulders with big boys in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) next season have dedicated their historic success to the late Vice-President John Landa Nkomo.
The Lizwe Sweswe coached-side made history by becoming the first team from a rural area to make it into the top flight.
During the end of season individual awards in Tsholotsho on Saturday night, Tsholotsho FC chairman Mlamuli Phiri said they are dedicating their success to the late vice-president because after his body lay in state at their grounds before leaving for the National Heroes’ Acre in Harare, the team has never lost a match on their home soil.
Nkomo died in Harare in January 2013 after a long battle with cancer.
“We are dedicating this success to the late VP. He always wished us well. Before his body was taken to Harare it lay in state at the centre of our stadium. Since then we never lost a match in Tsholotsho. This is also what motivates us to build a stadium because we have a record to maintain at home. As a team, we will try to honour him through winning many pieces of silverware. We are confident we will do that because we are not a bunch of jokers,” Phiri said.
Chairman of the John Landa Memorial Trust, Jabulani Nkomo, congratulated the team and said the trust and the Nkomo family will assist the team.
He said the patron of the trust Senior Minister of State in the President’s Office, Simon Khaya Moyo is also willing to provide financial assistance to the PSL new comers.
“We received with gratitude the invitation to this event. In their invite they alerted us that after the body of our father lay in the stadium the team has never lost a match there. As a family, we are proud of that.
“We say we do not want the team to use another ground because we want to maintain this record. Senior minister Simon Khaya Moyo also gave us what he had to assist in this event,” Nkomo said.