Gweru United fails to raise team

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Love­more Zi­gara in Gweru

FOR­GOT­TEN for­mer Premier­ship out­fit Gweru United’s fi­nan­cial woes played out in pub­lic when they failed to as­sem­ble a team to face FC Plat­inum Un­der-19 at As­cot Sta­dium for a Zifa Cen­tral Soc­cer League match on Sun­day.

Gweru United only man­aged to field eight play­ers for the match and were clob­bered 1-4 by the young plat­inum min­ers.

The club is bankrolled by Gweru mayor and busi­ness­man Ha­mu­tendi Kom­bayi, and is re­port­edly in a fi­nan­cial morass, which also saw them fail­ing to travel for their away match to Vum­bachikwe.

Gweru United chair­man Kingston Mu­tara re­fused to shed light on the mat­ter and in­quiries to Kom­bayi.

“I can­not com­ment on that is­sue with­out the au­thor­ity of the club pres­i­dent (Kom­bayi) and I sug­gest you call him and hear what he has to say,” said Mu­tara.

Ef­forts to get a com­ment from Kom­bayi were fu­tile as his phone rang unan­swered.

The loss to FC Plat­inum Un­der-19 plunged the Gweru out­fit into the rel­e­ga­tion zone where they lie sec­ond from bot­tom with nine points off 17 matches.

While drama was un­fold­ing at As­cot Sta­dium, Whawha was hand­ing log lead­ers Blan­ket Mine their first de­feat with a 1-0 win.

The prison war­dens got the all-im­por­tant goal from Sylvester Nhamo in the 60th minute. Whawha coach Luke Pet­ros-Jukulile said the vic­tory was a launch pad for a se­ri­ous cham­pi­onship charge as he be­lieves they can close the 11-point gap be­tween them and the log lead­ers.

Blan­ket Mine’s de­feat was sweet mu­sic to as­bestos min­ers Sha­banie Mine, who pow­ered into sec­ond place and to within a point of the log lead­ers when they dis­patched ZPC Mun­y­ati 3-1 in their own back­yard.

Other ti­tle as­pi­rants Ton­gog­ara also slipped to their first home de­feat when they fell 0-1 to Nichrut.

Re­sults: Whawha 1-0 Blan­ket Mine, ZPC Mun­y­ati 1-3 Sha­banie Mine, Jessie Mine 0-1 Ivan Hoe, Ton­gog­ara 0-1 Nichrut, Kwekwe Sables 0-3 MSU, Chrome Stars 2-0 ZRP Beit­bridge, Gweru United 1-4 FC Plat­inum U19

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