BULAWAYO City secured a ticket to the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League next year following their 1-0 win over Trumus in Victoria Falls at the weekend.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
The win, thrust City to an unassailable 65 points on the league log table with two matches before the curtain comes down on the Southern Region Soccer League.
They play their last two matches against Makomo and Indlovu Iyanyathela and those will be dead rubbers, as they probably shift focus to the challenges of the topflight.
Bulawayo Chiefs, who pushed City all the way, fell slightly short despite their 1-0 win against Nust at White City Stadium on Saturday.
The victory for Bulawayo City also heralds coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube’s return to the elite football league.
Ncube left How Mine last year after a difficult time at the club and he had been tipped for a job at Highlanders, but the Bulawayo giants opted for Bongani Mafu, who has since been sacked.
The 2008 Coach of the Year also had a stint with Chicken Inn in the topflight league and he previously workedwith Njube Sundowns.
Meanwhile, Mpumalanga appear to be going back to the Zifa Matabeleland North Division Two League next year, after struggling this season in the Southern Region Soccer League, sitting second bottom with a paltry 12 points.
They are likely to be relegated together with Old Nic Mine, who have not only struggled but have failed to fulfill fixtures in the league.
Old Nice Mine is stuck at the bottom with nine points from one win and six draws.