Flame Lilly promoted into PSL

HARARE - Prosper Chinyama’s brace inspired Flame Lilly to win the World Navi Division One Soccer League promotion ticket to the Castle Premiership next season after they beat ZRP FC here yesterday.

With the win the Zimbabwe Prison Service side amassed a total of 76 points, three ahead of second-placed Gunners, who beat Bindura United 2-0 yesterday.

Flame Lilly becomes the third team from the lower leagues to reach the PSL following the promotion of Whawha and Tsholotsho FC already.

After the match Flame Lilly coach Nesbert Saruchera was delighted for guiding his team into the Premier League. 

“We are very happy of winning the Northern Region championship and I think it’s due to hard work,” Saruchera said after the match.

“It was not easy during the course of the season but we kept encouraging each other and as coaches we always tell our players not lose heart when the results were not coming our way.

“We want to thank the sponsors they have been with us for a long time and also our supporters were with us even in difficult times and I think it helped us to win this title.

“Also I think we won the title because of unity in our team, players were keeping on encouraging each other even our senior players played a crucial role.”

Veteran goalkeeper Earnmore Hamandishe and former Black Rhinos defenders Brighton Chandisaita are some of the players who now turn-out for the Chikurubhi-based side.

However, Saruchera is has not yet decided whether to remain at the correctional services side or to leave it in the next season.

“My contract ends on December 30 this year I don’t know Flame Lilly will renew my contract but I am happy for the Fame Lilly family,” added Saruchera.

Flame Lilly had the upper hand from the first minutes of the match and were duly rewarded as early as the second minute into the match after Chinyama headed in a cross from the right flank.

After the breather, the visitors continued from where they left and got their second goal after Chinyama completed his brace with a spectacular long range shot from outside the box.

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