Hardbody’s test

Newly-promoted Hardbody FC is faced with its stiffest test of time. With two weeks to assemble a formidable side to match the Premier Soccer League stamina, they were finally cleared to compete in the country’s elite league.

The impressive side won at the Commercial Arbitral Centre recently, putting to rest an appeal by last season’s second-placed Triple B.

The Beitbridge-based outfit had wanted a Reginald Chidawanyika led disciplinary committee verdict, which docked Hardbody 42 points for using an improperly registered player-Tendai Chingarah, upheld.

However, the Arbitration Panel, led by retired judge Justice Anthony Gubbay, wholly dismissed that quest.

“The penalty of the committee a quo ordering the forfeiture of 42 points from the appellant Hardbody be and is hereby set aside,” reads part of the panel’s judgment.

The decision implies that the Gweru side, which has ended a three-year sabbatical on PSL action in the Midlands capital, is in a swim or sink situation.

But Coach Tavaka Gumbo remains optimistic.

“Our players have been training with other clubs and are fit. We are in the process of regrouping and no one in the camp fears relegation,” he said.

Club Chairman Patrick Chiwanda echoed the same sentiments, when he said that they would not disappoint the Gweru community in their debut season.

The busmen could be affected by the departure of wonder-boy, Moses Jackson, who joined Chicken Inn, but still have a host of talented youngsters who include lethal striker, Callisto Maheya. Diminutive former Highlanders winger, Wellington Sibanda, is also linked with a move to them.

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