Division two soccer returns to Mash Central

By Tapiwa Machemedze

It’s all systems go towards resumption of Division Two soccer in Mashonaland Central, with football authorities putting in place Covid-19 preventative measures to ensure a smooth return.

ZIFA Mashonaland Central Chairperson Gilbert Saika said preparations for resumption of games have gone well, save for only a few teams that are yet to pay licence fees.

“We have got 2 A and 2 B meaning we have 12 teams each side. We are starting our games on the weekend of 2 to 3 April. We hope our teams will play well observing COVID-19 protocols. We have tried by all means to expand our horizon to our borders close to Mozambique we have 5 teams there Glendale close to Bindura and Shamva,” he said.

The division two league is considered key in developing grassroots football talent.

Meanwhile, Bindura-based Northern Region Division One outfits Trojan Stars and Cuma Football Club shared the spoils at Trojan stadium on Saturday in a league match which ended 1-all.

Cuma Football Club Coach Leos Chikomba was happy with the away draw considering the team has been losing all away matches, while Trojan coach Clifford Sakala is hopeful of a top 6 finish in the league.

 “We have to fight hard because if you look at our statistics we have too many draws so if we pick a point away and 3 points at home will get there to the top eight,” said Chikomba.

Bindura has not had a premier league side since the demise of Mwana Africa which was also based at Trojan nickel mine under a different brand and its successor Trojan Football club hopes to return to the top flight league in a year.