The truth about Buffaloes Junior

HARARE - Newly promoted Buffaloes Junior is not an off-shoot of Mutare army side Buffaloes as perceived by many, the Daily News has established.

The club’s real name is Dongo Sawmills FC, named after owner, Nyanga businessman Francis Dongo.

The new PSL outfit will be using Rusape’s Vhengere Stadium as their home ground in the Castle Premiership next season.

Dongo Sawmills won the Zifa Eastern Region Division One Soccer League promotion ticket after beating visiting Mwenezana 3-1 at Vhengere on Sunday.

With the win, Shadreck Mugurasave’s charges finished the season with 67 points, two points ahead of second-placed Mutare City.

Mugurasave is now credited with bringing two teams into the Premiership after he guided Buffaloes to the Eastern region title back in 2011.

The Daily News caught up with Dongo in Rusape and he was ecstatic after his team’s triumph.

“The team is owned by Dongo Sawmills and the real name is Dongo Sawmills FC. Zifa have all this in their books,” Dongo said.

“The credit goes to the coach, players and the Rusape people; they are the ones who supported the team the whole season.”

Dongo, who used finances from his businesses to help bankroll Buffaloes, explained the relationship between his team and the Mutare-based soldiers, who they will play against in the top-flight next season.

“We have a big relationship with Buffaloes because we brought to our club those players who had been rejected by the soldiers,” he said.

“I’m not going to sell the club, this club is there to bring joy to the Rusape community and we will remain at Vhengere Stadium, no two ways on this one.

“I want to tell you one thing when we started this project I kept on telling myself that one day we were going to play in the Premier league.  

“This is not new to me because we helped Buffaloes to return to the Premiership in 2011.

“Now we have achieved our goal, we need to fight against relegation during our first season. We will need to take all our league matches seriously.”

Patrick Ngwenya, who coached the team on its formation in 1998 when they were still a social side, said they have come a long way to be where they are now.

“It is said a journey of thousand miles begins with a single step; we started this team as a social team but after that we saw that we have talent in our area and we then joined Zifa Division Three,” he said.

Things went on well for the side and they were promoted to play in Division Two but Ngwenya demoted himself from being a coach to a player.

“In Division Two things were very tough, I still remember one season we were beaten by Shabanie Mine 14-0 in Zifa Unity Cup, then Shabanie was in the top-flight league with array of good players.

“We were very serious with this project from the start, even our sponsor Dongo was also playing but sadly he suffered a serious injury in 2005 and thus his football career ended.”

Comments (1)

Well Done

Patrick Ngwenya - 12 January 2015

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