IT looked as if Black Rhinos would be forced to wait a few more anxious days to secure their place in the top flight after being frustrated by stubborn ZPC Kariba.
Report by Henry Mhara Sports Reporter
But Martin Mine’s priceless goal from a Clarence Zimbawo corner-kick with just over 15 minutes remaining in the match, sparked scenes of celebration at One Commando on Saturday afternoon that went on long into the night.
After some four good years in “exile”, Rhinos are back in the Premier Soccer League.
“We are back in with the big boys,” said an excited Rhinos assistant coach Matsika Ndega yesterday. “This is what we’ve been building towards all season and I’m delighted that we have achieved it.”
Promotion seals a remarkable turnaround for the army side who were on second position behind DStv Rangers at the halfway stage.
However, a dazzling performance in the second stage of the season saw them not only overtaking the early pacesetters, but winning the league in style.
In the 12 games Rhinos played in the second half of the league, they won a whopping nine, drew two and lost just once, to move their points tally to an unassailable 62 points. “That we have secured promotion with three games to spare is evident of the quality of the players and how good a season we have had. I should take this opportunity to thank our major sponsor Savanna Tobacco for their support,” said Matsika.
Rhinos’ intention of winning the title was apparent from the start of the season when they signed Lot Chiunga and Martin Mine from rivals Laliga and Mwana Africa.