HWANGE Colliery Company Limited Acting Managing Director engineer Shepherd Manamike is optimistic that their flagship football team better known as Chipangano is set for another historic comeback into the countrya��s topflight league.
Hwange, who were relegated from the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League at the end of last year, lead the Zifa Southern Region Division One log standings with 43 points, five ahead of second-placed Tsholotsho FC.
In 2007, Hwange, then the only Premier league club campaigning in Matabeleland North province for 19 years before Tsholotsho came on board in 2015, were relegated from PSL after they fell 1-3 to merciless Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium courtesy of a brace by Obadiah Tarumbwa and another effort from Eric Mudzingwa to seal their fate.
a�?Unfortunately, Hwange Football Club got relegated from the Premier League. The team is currently leading the Division One league. The team is set for another historic comeback,a�? said Manamike before Chipangano clobbered Makomo 4-2 in a derby tie that was played in the small mining town last Saturday.
Chipangano scored through Gilbert Zulu, ex-Chicken Inn midfielder Canaan Nkomo and Innocent Ndlovu who got a brace.
Makomoa��s scorers were Joseph Museve and Morgan Mungombe.
Former Hwange great Nation Dube, who is the cluba��s head coach, also waves a defiant fist in the face of last seasona��s tragedy.
He has also continuously vowed that the team will bounce back into the Premiership in 2019.
Manamike, who was speaking at the annualA� Old Mutual sponsored Hwange Sports Day held last Friday,A� added that on the sporting front, Hwange Colliery would continue to offer and promote sports within the community to ensure the co-ordinated, strategic, development of formal and informal facilities for sport.
a�?We will strive to foster active recreation that meets the needs of a changing multi-cultural population by improving and providing attractive, sustainable, accessible, safe and quality facilities,a�? he said.
The company has continued to host club and school tournaments at club, district, provincial and national level. Last year, Hwange staged the best ever chapters of the Zimbabwe National Youth games to date.
a�?Also our sportsmen and women continue to dominate various leagues and tournaments in the country. In boxing, a new entry discipline in the yeara��s sports day (Future Maziya) the Zimbabwe National Welterweight boxing champion, recently turned professional after years of dominance. The tug of war team also came out fourth in the annual ZITF Tug of War tournament,a�? said Manamike.