Chi-town hope to emulate Harare City

CHITUNGWIZA - Ambitious Chitungwiza United Football Club are seeking additional sponsorship following their recent promotion into the Zifa Division Two League and keep alive their hopes of playing Premiership football by 2017 club chairman Cuthbert Razawo has said.

Undeterred by hardships like travelling to away fixtures in a refuse truck, Chitungwiza United were promoted from Division Three and are aiming to emulate fellow council-run football outfit Harare City by achieving top flight status in the next few years.

Harare City were the first council-owned side win promotion into the modern day Premiership when they won the Zifa Northern Region Division One in 2011.

The Sunshine Boys also reached dizzy heights when they lost the championship to Dynamos on goal difference in the 2013 Castle Premiership season.

Although they still have a long way to go before reaching Zimbabwe’s top flight league, Chitungwiza United have long term ambitions. 

“We are grateful of the support that we are receiving from council and local businesses which has helped us in our endeavours to provide top flight football to the town but we are appealing for more sponsorship to help us meet the demands of our new league," said Razawo.

The club recently celebrated its elevation into the third tier of Zimbabwean football at a function held at Junction 24 in Harare.

Razawo took the opportunity to thank sponsors NetOne Cellular, Infinite Health, Nano Electrical, Metro Peach Wholesalers and others who came in and supplemented the council budget to ensure that the club fulfilled its fixtures for the 2014 soccer season.

Citimed Hospital managing director Timothy Goche, who was the guest of honour, pledged that their hospital was to help with the medical attention of all injured players at the club.

The acting patron of the club, Pricillar Vengesai, who is also the chamber secretary for the Chitungwiza municipality, encouraged the team to be ambassadors of the town through sport.

Chitungwiza, with a population of three million, is a sleeping giant in Zimbabwean football having been home to successful but now by former Premier League clubs like Darryn T and Fire Batteries.

The town has produced football legends in the mould of Mapeza, Muzadzi and Alois Bunjira.

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