NSRL to kick off this weekend

HARARE - The Northern Region Soccer League (NRSL) Division One 2013 season will start this weekend with all teams geared for an explosive campaign.

Last season runners up, DStv Rangers will get their campaign underway on Saturday with a tricky assignment against ambitious side Power Masters.

The opening fixtures also see former Castle Lager Premiership side Gunners beginning their quest to get back into the top flight league with a clash against newly promoted police outfit ZRP Morris at Lafarge Stadium on Sunday.

Gunners were relegated last year after losing the battle for survival on goal difference to end an eventful five-year flirtation in the top-flight league, which saw them being crowned champions in 2009.

Returnees Commando Bullet will be hoping to start their campaign on a higher note when they clash against former premiership side Blue Rangers.

ZRP Morris, Chegutu Pirates, Lake Harvest, Moshowani, Forestors and Commando Bullets are the six clubs promoted to the first division after ruling the roost in the second division.

NSRL secretary-general Sweeny Mushonga said all teams are ready for the season.

“All 16 teams managed to register their players in time and clubs are now ready for the season,” Mushonga told the Daily News yesterday.

“As a league, we would like to continue with capacity building and development of football.”

Last season, Black Rhinos won the NRSL title after finishing the campaign with 62 points while DStv Rangers was in second place 17 points behind.

Weekend fixtures

ZPC Kariba vs Chegutu Pirates, Twalumba vs Mushowani, Flame Lilly vs Skylink, Power Master vs DStv Rangers, Gunners vs ZRP Morris, Blue Rangers vs Commando, Jumbo vs Lake Harvest, DC Academy vs Forestors. - Blessings Mashaya

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