Sibanda: Leop­ards ready for Divi­sion one

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

ZIM Leop­ards man­ager Leonard Sibanda has said his team was ready for Divi­sion One foot­ball after snatch­ing the last pro­mo­tional ticket in the Zifa Bu­l­awayo Province Divi­sion Two with a 2-0 win over White Birds on Satur­day at Iminyela.

Goals from Charles Maphosa and Leonard Chitem­bure led the side to its most im­por­tant vic­tory yet.

Leop­ards join league win­ners Chi­wororo, who won pro­mo­tion with two games to spare.

The sea­son ended with Chi­wororo top­ping the ta­ble on 67 points fol­lowed by Zim Leop­ards with 59 and LG Vul­tures on 57.

Sibanda be­lieves they will be tough com­peti­tors in the First Divi­sion next year.

“This has been our aim since the be­gin­ning of the league, so it’s a dream come true. I am 100 per­cent con­fi­dent that the team is ready for the chal­lenge.

“The fact that we man­aged to pass this stage (Divi­sion Two) means we can also do the same in the First Divi­sion although it won’t be easy.

“The team has done a lot and we wouldn’t have come this far with­out their hard work. We had a num­ber of play­ers go­ing to other teams, but the boys stood firm and pro­duced the needed re­sults,” said Sibanda.

CIWU and East Rovers face the chop after fin­ish­ing at the other end of the ta­ble with 21 points and 26 points re­spec­tively. — @khumza­llen

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