Zen­zele se­cures pro­mo­tion into Sec­ond Divi­sion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

ZEN­ZELE Tigers routed Thorn­grove 4-0 in a Zifa Bu­l­awayo Province Divi­sion Three League match on Sun­day to se­cure pro­mo­tion into the Sec­ond Divi­sion.

A brace by Nqo­bile Hla­ban­gana and a goal apiece by Ti­nashe Mbula and Charles Phiri took Tigers’ points tally to an unas­sail­able 30 points.

Zen­zele Tigers and Saints academy are the only teams that have played all their games, while other teams will play their last matches this week­end.

Sabona Mzi­likazi, who are on 24 points, will be bat­tling for a sec­ond place fin­ish with Las Pal­mas and BX1 Lu­veve, who are on 22 points.

Tigers coach Gar­ion Ny­athi at­trib­uted their suc­cess to dis­ci­pline and fo­cus.

“I am happy with the spirit our boys dis­played from day one up to the last game. There is no se­cret to this achieve­ment; it’s all hard work, fo­cus and dis­ci­pline.

“The sea­son was tough and we know that play­ing in Divi­sion Two will be much tougher. We are go­ing to beef up our team by get­ting other play­ers so that we go there pre­pared for the chal­lenge. It won’t be easy play­ing there, but we will try to sur­vive,” Ny­athi said.

Tigers will now wait for the Divi­sion One and Two leagues to end be­fore they are of­fi­cially pro­moted.

Tigers’ chair­man Os­car Mazhambe said: “This has been a tough road (but) I am glad that we were the strong­est team in the sea­son.

‘‘I would also like to thank our coach for lead­ing the boys and for shar­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence from Botswana with us.”

Ny­athi has been a coach in Botswana for 35 years where he coached teams like Orapa United, Bu­pedi Young Fight­ers and Mot­lakase Power Di­a­monds, whom he left in the Botswana top flight.

Mean­while, Saints Academy’s 3-2 win over BX1 Lu­veve was of no help as they fin­ished at the bot­tom of the ta­ble with eight points from 14 games.

Matopo suc­cumbed to a 6-0 thump­ing against Las Pal­mas, while Sabona Mzi­likazi beat Con Cob 2-0 at home. — @khumza­llen.

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