Hwange seal PSL promotion

HARARE - It was carnival atmosphere at the Colliery as hundreds of Hwange supporters celebrated their side’s return to the Castle Lager Premiership.

Hwange fans endured a nightmarish 2017 campaign that saw Nation Dube and his assistant Mebelo Njekwa being shown the exit door to be replaced with Bigboy Mawiwi, who also failed to guide the team to safety.

Dube was re-appointed as Hwange head coach at the beginning of the season and he was tasked to guide the team back into the top flight league.

With two games left before the season ends in the Zifa Southern Region Division One league, Hwange sealed their promotion with a 1-0 win over nearest rivals Tsholotsho 1-0 at the Colliery Stadium.

At the final whistle, hundreds of Hwange supporters invaded the pitch as they saluted their heroes.

Hwange fans also paid tribute to Dube for putting together a competitive side which thrust their team back into spotlight.

This is the second occasion that Dube has won promotion with Hwange, following the success he enjoyed in 2009 after the team had been relegated in 2007.

“It was not easy getting this far. We had to dig deeper. The boys worked hard and here we are. People here were starved of top flight football and I’m glad we have done it.

“We needed to get straight back up, and now we can build on this. You could see how much it meant to the players to get promoted and also to the team’s supporters.”

“We might be a small team but I have noticed we have our own followers. We now want to go and compete in the premiership.”

Hwange have now joined Manica Diamonds and TelOne who have since been confirmed from Eastern Region and Central Region respectively.

In Northern Region, Mushowani stayed on course for promotion when they edged Pam 1-0 to consolidate their six-point lead at the top of the table.

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