Sha­banie wrap up sea­son in vic­tory

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

ZIFA Cen­tral Soc­cer League (CSL) cham­pi­ons Sha­banie Mine wrapped up their sea­son in style by beat­ing Jessie Mine 2 – 1 in Colleen Bawn at the weekend.

The win took the Chinda Boys’ tally to 69 points to end the sea­son four points clear of sec­ond-placed Blan­ket Mine.

Rel­e­gated Gweru United were a no show for their fi­nal game against Blan­ket Mine, re­sult­ing in the gold min­ers be­ing awarded the match on a 3 – 0 score line.

Blan­ket Mine had ear­lier been awarded three points for their aban­doned match against Nichrut last month by the same mar­gin after the Shu­rugwi-based out­fit was found guilty of caus­ing the aban­don­ment of the game.

CSL chair­man Stan­ley Chapeta said the re­gion will hon­our Sha­banie Mine at an awards pre­sen­ta­tion slated for De­cem­ber 18.

“Gen­er­ally it was a good sea­son for us as we did not en­counter any ma­jor chal­lenges. How­ever, we had our fair share of prob­lems which we man­aged to solve and we hope to have a bet­ter sea­son go­ing for­ward,” said Chapeta.

“We will of­fi­cially de­clare Sha­banie Mine cham­pi­ons of the re­gion this weekend and after that we are go­ing to present them with the win­ners’ shield and medals on 18 De­cem­ber.

“This is the day we are also go­ing to hold our re­gional an­nual gen­eral meet­ing,” he said.

Fol­low­ing a CSL res­o­lu­tion to in­crease the num­ber of teams from 16 to 18 next sea­son, the league had a false start when Mvuma-based NM Academy pulled out cit­ing fi­nan­cial chal­lenges.

Esigo­dini-based Ha­bane Sharks also pulled out five weeks into the league after the club’s bene­fac­tor Baron Dube cited lack of sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

This re­sulted in the league re­vert­ing to 16 be­fore even­tu­ally end­ing with 15 clubs after ZRP Beit­bridge were ex­pelled.

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