It’s game on for Man­ica Di­a­monds

The Manica Post - - Sport -

COM­PLI­MENTS of the new sea­son, fel­low foot­ball fa­nat­ics. Here’s trust­ing that the year 2019 will not come to any com­pli­ca­tions but be bliss­ful and fruit­ful.

With Man­ica Di­a­monds en­ter­ing the Cas­tle Lager Premier Soccer League and Mutare City Rovers ex­it­ing the fray, the pro­mo­tion and de­mo­tion of this duo has brought into sharper fo­cus how th­ese shores have fallen short in hav­ing two teams com­pete in the elite league con­cur­rently.

But that - chas­ing the seem­ingly elu­sive Pre­mier­ship Mutare Derby dream - is a story for an­other day. To­day’s is about the maiden voy­age that awaits the Gem Boys as they set out for their de­but cam­paign among the aris­to­crats of the do­mes­tic game.

Hav­ing se­cured el­e­va­tion into the top-flight league from the sec­ond-tier Divi­sion One at the first time of ask­ing in em­phatic style, all eyes will be on the di­a­mond min­ers to see if they can pull their weight and con­jure the stay­ing power among the Pre­mier­ship cast.

Without any shadow of doubt, this project has since its for­ma­tion and sub­se­quent ac­com­plish­ments ex­cited Mutare’s foot­ball com­mu­nity and is likely to com­mand a grow­ing fol­low­ing that shall be ea­ger to en­dorse it as the face of the game in the di­a­mond-min­ing city.

Man­ica Di­a­monds have their work al­ready cut out.

For good mea­sure, the club has put to­gether an im­pres­sive set boast­ing sea­soned per­son­nel on the ad­min­is­tra­tion, tech­ni­cal and squad side of things.

Masimba Chi­howa (chair­man), Su­gar Chagonda (sec­re­tary gen­eral), Lloyd Chi­nawa, Lazarus Muhoni (both com­mit­tee mem­bers), Luke Ma­somere (coach) and some ex­pe­ri­enced, tal­ented play­ers are ex­pected to skip­per the Man­ica Di­a­monds ship against other buc­ca­neer­ing pi­rates of the Pre­mier­ship and pro­tect it against any wreck­age.

As things stand the top-flight league new­bies may likely not use Sakubva as their home ground ow­ing to the on­go­ing ren­o­va­tions at the fa­cil­ity and have to turn else­where for an al­ter­na­tive venue - most prob­a­bly Ven­gere in Rusape due to its prox­im­ity - and, there­fore, they have to chin up to the va­garies of the rugged land­scape that the Pre­mier­ship is.

Some sources within the Gem Boys have, how­ever, been quoted as say­ing that the club’s im­me­di­ate goal is to pre­serve their Pre­mier­ship sta­tus be­yond this sea­son and en­sure that they build some mo­men­tum to es­tab­lish their per­ma­nence as elite league pro­tag­o­nists.

The sin­cere trust is that they have read and learned from the “How Not to Have a Hello-and-Good­bye Sea­son in the Pre­mier­ship” man­ual which will come in handy as they nav­i­gate the ter­rain.

The ul­ti­mate aim is to stay up and be a flag­ship team from Mutare.

May Man­ica Di­a­monds’ pres­ence in the elite league linger longer. May their ex­is­tence in the Pre­mier­ship be not ephemeral.

And long may their ex­is­tence as a club con­tinue be­cause Mutare’s foot­ball-crazy com­mu­nity has for long yearned for a fran­chise they can emo­tively con­nect or iden­tify with and fi­nally comes along a club with those finer mak­ings.

They may have been tried and tested in the Eastern Re­gion Divi­sion One, but can we trust them in the Pre­mier­ship? Only time, the great­est mas­ter of all, can tell.

It is cer­tainly game on for Man­ica Di­a­monds.

If it is about foot­ball that you care let’s share the cheer be­cause we are made for the game, mad about the game!

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