Tsholotsho survive relegation

BULAWAYO - TSHOLOTSHO coach Lizwe Sweswe yesterday conceded it was a difficult year for his boys in their debut campaign in the Castle Lager Premiership and can now breathe a sigh of relief after his club survived relegation following a draw against Harare City at White City Stadium.

The Matabeleland North-based side went into yesterday’s game facing the real prospect of getting relegated if they had gone on to lose while Buffaloes, who were occupying the last relegation had gone on to beat Dynamos.

But a draw was enough to ensure another chance for Tsholotsho in the top flight after Buffaloes went down 0-1 to the Glamour Boys at Sakubva Stadium.
Sweswe’s charges came into the game determined to avoid the chop.

They looked on course for a victory after a Kreiss Chitiyo 25th minute strike gave them the lead before it was cancelled by Harare City striker Kuda Kumwala right on the stroke of full time.

And Sweswe could not hide his joy after the news filtered from Sakubva that Dynamos had beaten Buffaloes.

“I would want to give credit to the boys. They managed to stand the heat in the premier league for the first time with no experience,” Sweswe said after the match.

“I had belief in them. I think they deserve to be in the premier league. It was a difficult season and I think I can take a huge sigh of relief now.

“We started slowly largely due to inexperience but when the season progressed we picked up. We hope to do well next season. I’m sure the boys have now become used to premiership demands and can only improve.”

Harare City coach Taurai Mangwiro his team for failing to mount a serious title challenge this season.

“We have been our worst enemies. We failed to kill off matches which we could have won. But we are now looking to the
future and I think we will come back stronger next year,” said Mangwiro.

Wild celebrations erupted inside the stadium and one would have been forgiven to assume that Tsholotsho had won the title.

Tsholotsho were full value for their survival especially after keeping the Sunshine Boys on the back foot for larger parts of the game. They even had an goal disallowed for offside later in the second half.

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Comments (1)

Well done Tsholo & wish you better luck next season

antony sungisayi - 30 November 2015

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