BLACK RHINOS were on Saturday crowned this year’s Marange Resources Women National League football champions after beating Conduit 2-0 at Madhodha Stadium in Guruve.
BY HENRY MHARA SPORTS REPORTER
Top goalscorer Rutendo Makore was once again on the score-sheet, netting her 33rd goal of the season while Aldigrade Bhamu made sure the army side took the crown with a game to spare.
Rhinos, who won the title last season when the league was still unbranded, have 44 points while second-placed Mufakose Queens are on 38 points.
Rudo Neshamba’s Inline Academy are also on 38 points, but are on fourth position due to an inferior goal difference.
“This is a reward for some good work all season,” said Rhinos coach Thomas Chinyanganya yesterday.
“We prepared well for the season and the commitment was there for everyone to see. The sponsorship also motivated the team. There are other good teams like Mufakose Queens and Inline Academy who gave us a very good run and I’m really excited that we managed to defend our title. We worked very hard for it,” added Chinyanganya.
Rhinos will be presented with their trophy and prize money at a function to be held on Wednesday. The prize money will only be unveiled at the event.
At the awards ceremony, the Player of the Season, Goalkeeper of the Year, Most Disciplined Player, Rookie of the Season, the Golden Boot Award as well as the Most Disciplined Team will be rewarded.
As it stands, Makore is assured of getting the Golden Boot award with fellow Mighty Warriors striker Neshamba a distant second with 23 goals. Neshamba netted a hat-trick to help her side beat Masvingo Queens 3-0.
Mufakose Queens, who are coached by Young Mighty Warriors gaffer Langton Giwa and are home to Mighty Warriors Stars such as Eunice Chibanda and Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri, were held to a 1-all draw by Cyclone Stars.
Rutendo Madongorere scored for the Mufakose side, a goal that was cancelled by Lebokang Sekerete.
Flame Lily beat log anchors Faith Drive of Mutare with Mighty Warriors’ Erina Jeke scoring the only goal of the match.
Another Mighty Warriors player Nokuthula Ndlovu was also on the scoresheet as New Orleans, fifth on the log, beat Chipembere Queens, who are second from the bottom.