Gaths Mine fire early warning shots

GWERU - Favourites Gaths Mine fired early warning shots over the weekend after mauling Chomumvuri 5-1 in their opening match of the new Central Region Division One football league match at Amaveni Stadium.

Chrome Stars, who finished third last season, laboured to a 1-0 victory over Blanket Mine while new boys ZRP Beitbridge beat Silo United 3-2.

Perennial underachievers FC Platinum Under-19 drew 1-1 against Vumbachikwe while former Premiership side Tongogara beat newcomers Nkayi United 1-0.

The derby between Midlands State University and Hwahwa was postponed due to water logged conditions at Mkoba Stadium.

The match between Gweru City and Beitbridge’s Town United did not take place as the former failed to travel to Gweru.

Town United are facing collapse after the Beitbridge Town Council withdrew its sponsorship and are hoping that the community will take up the team like what happened to Chiredzi after Hippo Valley withdrew its sponsorship.

Beitbridge Town Council spokesperson Raniel Ndou confirmed the council’s withdrawal of sponsorship saying that they are waiting for a local businessman to confirm his takeover of the club.

“The town council is no longer sponsoring the team. There is a local businessman who had pledged to sponsor the team. So we are just waiting for him to see if he can fulfil his promise,” said Ndou.

The league which now has 14 teams at the moment has been hit by withdrawals by clubs after they failed to pay affiliation fees which are $2 850 for old clubs and $ 3 250 for new clubs.

Last year the league was disrupted on a number of occasions as some clubs opted to withdraw their participation midway through the season because of lack of funding to fulfil fixtures.

Results: Chrome Stars 1-0 Blanket Mine, Silo United 2- 3 ZRP Beitbridge, Platinum U19 1-1 Vumbachikwe, Nkayi United 0-1 Tongogara, MSU vs Hwahwa(postponed), Chomumvuri 1-5 Gaths Mine, Gweru City vs Town United(postponed)

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