The small mining town of Zvishavane is inching closer to experiencing top flight rugby, with just one match left before Zvish Bulls can book a place for a dance with the country’s best in the game.
Zvish Bulls need to go past Busters of Bulawayo in the Midlands-Matabeleland League playoffs this weekend.
The team, which is a merger between the now defunct Shabanie Mine club and Mimosa Mine, qualified for the finals without a kick, after their semi-final date, Midlands State University failed to turn up for the encounter that was scheduled for McAdams Rugby Fields in Zvishavane last weekend.
Zvish Bulls will now do battle against Busters in a potentially thrilling playoffs final at McAdams, as both teams eye promotion into the top flight league.
The Zvishavane side’s president Ganizani Ganizani told NewsDay Sport that his team is relishing the match against busters, promising the Zvishavane community qualification into the topflight league.
“We have been preparing thoroughly for the play offs. We want to make sure that premier rugby returns to Zvishavane. Zvishavane is a sporting town where you can find two clubs in the premier soccer league Shabanie Mine and FC Platinum.
We also have Elliot Mujaji. So gaining promotion will help us complete the puzzle, and that alone is enough motivation for the guys,” said Ganizani.
McLean Muhamba who was part of the national Under-20 that toured the United States recently, Victoria High schoolboy and national Under-20 centre Richard Chigumba, Robson Magidivane, Happy Majoni and lock Danmore Mukuta make up some of the notable talent in the team.
Former Shabanie Mine player Darlington Majoni has also been roped in as technical director.
Club sponsor Jose Ferreira is confident that his team will sail past Busters.
“It’s a long time since top flight league was last played in this town and this is the time for the boys to make us proud. I believe we have a great chance to win this match if the boys play their normal game. We need to win this one for the community” Ferreira said.