WHAWHA FC have confirmed their dance in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League next season ending speculation that the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services side might not take part in the elite league due to financial constraints.
The Central Region Division One League champions’ fate was confirmed on Friday following speculations that one of the Prison Correctional Services bankrolled sides — Whawha and Flame Lily — could not take part as the sponsors were not in a position to fund two teams.
Speculations have been rife that Whawha will be sacrificed, leading to the club’s franchise being linked with relegated Zvishavane-based side Shabanie Mine.
Prison Correctional Services management and representatives from the two teams had a meeting on Friday in Harare and it was agreed that both teams will receive financial support. Flame Lily are sponsored by BancABC.
Club chairperson Musa Ntonga yesterday told NewsDaySport that the issue was resolved on Friday and the club has started preparations.
“The issue was settled on Friday. Prison Correctional Services will sponsor both teams. We have started preparations and we will be coming out in full force next season. We gave the coach the blessing to scout for players and inform us by January 5,” Ntonga said.
She added that the club will help the coach, Luke Petros Jukulile keep some of the players who had a fine season.
Among them is striker Albert “Drackula” Matewu who netted 23 goals. Jukulile said the team will not add any big names, but will engage his Prisons Correctional Services counterparts who failed to win in their regions for quality players.