We have already won: Chapungu

John Nyikadzino, recently declared that he had won the Central Region Division 1 race with his log leaders, Chapungu. He said failure to join topflight PSL action next season was now an “impossibility”, after his side cruised to a 2-0 victory over Kwekwe-based Chrome Stars over the weekend.

“We have already won promotion,” declared the coach. Perched at the top with 54 points in 20 matches, the airmen are 12 points ahead of nearest rivals Town United. PSL promotion will mean a major bounce back by the airmen, after seven years of fighting in the less fashionable first division.

“We have broken history in the Central Region D1, being the only side that has gone 20 matches undefeated since the league was formed in 2010. The performance therefore, makes us confident that we will be in the PSL next season, despite still having 10 more matches to play.”

The next few matches for the side, like their upcoming fixtures against Beitbridge-based Tripple B Academy, Gwanda Ramblers and Kwekwe Pirates, are three points bagged each, as these clubs were recently expelled from the league for failing to pay affiliation fees.

“I have the quality to make it in the PSL and we can safely say Chapungu will not get busy on the market trying to beef up its squad. The boys are good and could upset the so-called giants like Dynamos, Caps United and Highlanders,” said Nyikadzino, holder of a Caf B coaching license.

Oozing the great talents of first-choice goal stopper Polite Sibanda, league top goal scorer Calisto Maheya, erstwhile Hippo Valley smiling assasin Cordias Swempi, and former Black Rhinos’ industrious midfielder and skipper Tinashe Gongora, Chapungu will be hoping to bring back PSL to Gweru, after the relegation of Hardbody last season.

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