Hwange trio makes his­tory

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

VERY few of their fans might have re­alised it but com­ing from as far as 800km from the cap­i­tal, three play­ers have made his­tory by be­com­ing the first play­ers from Hwange to lift the league ti­tle with one team.

De­fend­ers Stephen Makatuka from In­gag­ula sub­urb in Hwange, Carl­ton Mun­zambwa and Do­minic Chungwa from Lwen­dulu Vil­lage are still in dream­land af­ter be­ing in­stru­men­tal in the Caps United charge to­wards their first league ti­tle in 11 years. That mis­sion was com­pleted on Satur­day at As­cot Sta­dium with a 1-0 win over Cha­pungu United.

In­ter­est­ingly, the last time that Makepekepe won the league ti­tle, in 2005, they had two Hwange born play­ers in Mi­los Phiri and Wit­ness Munkuli.

“It’s still a dream to me, I can’t be­lieve that I am a league ti­tle medal­ist. The road has been hard and rough for us but thanks to the team man­age­ment and fans, here we are with the tro­phy,” said Chungwa whose fa­ther Pet­ros, was a key fig­ure in the Hwange line up at some point.

He said he was now look­ing for­ward to danc­ing with the best as they par­tic­i­pate in the Caf Cham­pi­ons League next year.

“It is rare for some­one com­ing from a small town like Hwange to come to the cap­i­tal and play for a big club like Caps United but we man­aged to do that, I am now look­ing for­ward to the African dance, it’s a huge climb for me,” said Chungwa.

An equally ec­static Makatuka who at one time was made cap­tain of the Green Ma­chine, said pa­tience and per­se­ver­ance were key in their suc­cess.

“Hap­pi­ness is prob­a­bly an un­der­state­ment, peo­ple now know that there is tal­ent also in Hwange and teams must not con­fine them­selves to big town play­ers only, they must go out there and scout,” said Makatuka.

He said as the league chase be­came a three-horse race and even­tu­ally a two-horse one pit­ting them­selves and FC Plat­inum it was im­por­tant for them to re­main fo­cused and calm.

“We were lead­ing in terms of points and all that was needed was to re­main fo­cused on our own matches and never worry about how FC Plat­inum played be­cause as long as we kept on win­ning our games, the ti­tle was bound to be ours, re­gard­less of how FC Plat­inum played,” said Makatuka.

The trio of (from left) Do­minic Chungwa, Carl­ton Mun­zambwa and Stephen Makatuka, who started their ca­reers in Hwange hold the Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League tro­phy fol­low­ing a 1-0 win over Cha­pungu United at As­cot Sta­dium on Satur­day

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