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Premiership back in Mutare as city City Rovers promoted

22/11/2017 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
 
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Mutare City Rovers has bounced back into the Castle Lager Premiership league giving local fans a chance to watch top flight football after a season of Division One soccer.

City Rovers was demoted to Eastern Region Division One a year after they failed to stand the heat of premiership league in 2016.

Guzha Bhora as Rovers is affectionately known by its legion of fans, is promising some fireworks this time around.

Coached by Kenny “Bokande” Kachara, Magusha, Rovers beat third placed army side Buffalos 4-1 to register for place in the premiership. City Rovers is leading the pack with 69 points while Tenax has 63 points and Buffallos 60.

With the help of key players like Pinneal Gumbo, Lincoln Mangaira, Mhleli Sibanda, Hibron Adala Chomi Mukukutu and Richard ‘Jecha’ Mufudza, City Rovers managed to shrug the stiff competition which was posed by their close rivals Tenax.

“Gusha Bhora” have made it clear that they will leave no stone unturned in their preparations for next season where they will once again carry the “new boys” in the competitive premiership

Rovers spokesperson Clayton ‘Baggio’ Masekesa said ideally they would want to avoid a repeat of the 2016 season where they were promoted and consequently relegated to Division 1 after one season.

“We want to thank the fans, the management and the council management and we would like to assure everyone that this time we are going to last a mile. The first season in the premier league was a learning process and we have learnt from our past mistakes. This is the time to do corrections,” said Masekesa.

He added, “We are currently working on strategic logistics that include the crafting of an operational budget, the complete overhaul of Sakubva Stadium and the set-up of different committees that will work on different portfolios.”

Mutare City Rovers will join Shurugwi-based outfit Nichrut FC, Bulawayo Chiefs and Herentals as the new entrances into the Castle Lager Premier league.

As they bid farewell to Division One football, City Rovers will take on Prime Rangers in their last encounter to close the curtain on what has been an exciting season.



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