Nichrut on verge of PSL glory

HARARE - Premiership football beckons for Shurugwi as Nichrut are just two games away from being promoted from the Zifa Central Region Division One league.

The log leaders Nichrut thumped ZRP Gwanda 0-3 away in Gwanda in a midweek fixture on Wednesday to maintain their lead.

The side just need to bag six points from their next two assignments and they will be playing top flight football next year.

Nichrut are now tied on 67 points with second-placed Tongogara but have a superior goal difference.

Tongongora dismissed Makusha 2-0 on Wednesday to maintain pressure on the log leaders.

WhaWha, who were on a bye in midweek after their intended opponents Border Strikers were booted out for failing to pay affiliation fees, still remain in the mix in third place with 65 points.

Nichrut coach John Nyikadzino said it will be a good reward for the football-crazy town of Shurugwi if they were to be rewarded with Premiership football for next season.

“We wanted to win the game more than ZRP, we utilised our chances and were rewarded with a thumping victory,” the former Chapungu coach said.

“We are looking forward to our next match against Ivene Hoe at home and thereafter we can start thinking about the next away match to Chrome Stars.

“Everybody is raring to go; I have a team of experienced players who do not need to be told about anything at this stage of the league.

“Their sights are focussed on winning every match and Premiership promotion is only realised through winning games hopefully it will be a successful campaign come end of the league.”

Nyikadzino said playing top flight football will be a huge reward for their loyal fans in Shurugwi.

“If everything goes according to plan, it will be nice to see the people of Shurugwi watching Premier League football next year,” he said.

“As it stands, we have a huge fan base that we can equate to that of Shabanie Mine and may just fall short of the numbers that traditional giants Dynamos and Highlanders draw in the league.”

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