Petros hails Whawha's promotion

HARARE – An emotional Whawha coach Luke Petros yesterday saluted his charges for winning the Central Region Division One championship to gain promotion into the Castle Premiership next season.

The Zimbabwe Prison Services side operated within a very minimal budget compared to the rest of their opponents in the division but they still managed to come out tops.

“The youngsters played with passion, they did not get anything for the whole season,” Petros told the Daily News yesterday.

“We were only promised employment some are already members of the ZPS and I think that promise was the main driving force behind our success.”

Whawha becomes the first lower division team to secure promotion into the top flight league for next season as the rest of the other divisions are yet to conclude their program.

The Gweru-based side secured their promotion after notching up their 17thwin of the season after beating Gweru City 1-0 over the weekend.

Ali Njoloma scored the only goal for the game for Whawha as they reached an unassailable 52 points with only one game to go before the season ends.

Petros’ side took full advantage of slip-ups by their rivals Midlands States University and ZRP Beitbridge, who both lost FC Platinum Under-19 and Blanket Mine respectively.

“ZPS management was very supportive. I want to thank them there for the unity of purpose they showed,” the former Zimbabwe international striker said.

“I told myself that it’s not only money that brings success, in fact I believe money comes after success.

“Most of the time I prayed to God that I want my dream to come true and I think my prayers has been answered.

“As you know, ZPS is a big organisation we have a very big catchment area in terms of players, now we are going to sit down with the executive and map the way forward.

“But my aim is to bring new kids on the block so that we can build a strong team which can survive the heat in the Premiership.”

Meanwhile, Whawha chairperson Musa Ntonga was elated with her team’s performance this season.

“I want to congratulate the players and their coaches for a good job. They did well the whole season despite some financial challenges we had during the campaign,” Ntonga said.

If Chapungu survives relegation, Whawha will become the second team from the Central Region, playing in the top flight league.

Ntonga was applauded the Gweru community for its support in Whawha’s quest to reach the top flight.

“The Gweru community supported us during trying times and the only reward we can give them is Premiership football which we will do,” said Ntonga.

Results

Central Region: Blanket Mine 2 ZRP Beitbridge 1, Chemumvuri Pirates 0 Tongogara 3, Silo United 1 Vumbachikwe 0, Fc Platinum U19 2 MSU 0, Gweru City 0 Whawha 1, Chrome Stars 3 Gaths Mine 0, Nkayi United 3 Zvishavane Stars 0.

Southern Region: Black Boots 1 Tsholotsho 2, Elephant 0 Technosphere 2, Old Nic Mine 3 Portland Cement 0, Quelaton 1 Hwange U20 0 Mpumalanga 1 Trumus 3, Ntababazintuna 1 New West 1, Plumtree Chiefs 3 ZPC Hwange 0

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