Central Region clubs booted out

GWERU - The Zifa Central Region Division One has booted out Hardbody and Chomumvuri Pirates from their 2014 program after they both failed to pay affiliation fees.

The league finished last season with fewer clubs as most folded during the year owing to financial challenges.

By the end of last week, only 13 teams had affiliated forcing the authorities to scout for three more clubs to make the sixteen team quorum.

In the end the league was only able to get two more clubs instead of the desired three.

Zvishavane Town Council and ZRP Nkayi are the latest teams to join the league as replacements for the former Premiership side and Chomumvuri Pirates of Gokwe.

Stanley Chipeta, the Central Region Division One secretary general, confirmed the departure of the two clubs saying they will kick-off the 2014 season with only 15 teams involved.

“We have added two more teams to replace Hardbody and Chomumvuri. We failed to get the third one as clubs do not have money to affiliate as well as other operations so we are going to have 15  teams in the league with one team on the bye every week,” said Chipeta.

The fourteen teams that have successfully registered with the league for this season are Midlands State University, FC Platinum Under 19, Gaths Mine, Chrome Stars and Tongogara.

The other clubs are Whawha, Silo, Vumbachikwe, Blanket Mine, Town United, Nkayi United, N M Academy, Gweru City, ZRP Nkayi and Zvishavane Town Council.

Last season, Gwanda Ramblers were booted out of the league after failing to raise affiliation fees.

Town United, who recently appointed former CAPS United and Triangle coach Gishon Ntini, are the early favourites to win the title while Chrome Stars and Midlands State University are also capable of mounting a serious title challenge.

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