THE fate of two promoted football teams Whawha and Flame Lily, both sponsored by the Zimbabwe Prison and Correctional Services (ZPCS), will be known tomorrow when the three parties meet in the capital.
Hwahwa were promoted to the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) from the Central Region Division One while Flame Lily won the World Navi Northern Region Division One League.
However, there has been speculation pertaining the two teams’ future in the top-flight, with reports suggesting that the owners are financially incapacitated to fund two teams in the elite league.
After the debacle involving Triangle and Hippo Valley at the start of the year, there were fears that one of the two teams might be sacrificed.
Triangle and Hippo are owned by Tongaat Hulett, who decided to dispose of the latter’s franchise as they felt their resources would be stretched by financing two Premiership teams.
The ZPCS hierarchy have organised a meeting with the two teams in the capital tomorrow to map the way forward. Both teams though, are also sponsored by a regional bank BancABC. The meeting was confirmed by ZPCS public relations officer Tichaona Magadza yesterday.
“The Commissioner-General (Paradzai Zimhondi) is meeting with the two teams on Friday (tomorrow) as part of preparations for next season. There have been reports that one of the teams would be disbanded, and the Commissioner-General would like to set the record straight,” said Magadza before adding that the two teams would compete in the PSL next season.
Other reports have also suggested that a senior politician from Midlands province wants to sponsor Whawha.
The two teams’ promotion brings to four the clubs in the PSL next season that are run by the uniformed services while Black Rhinos, owned by the army, was relegated last season.
Whahwa became the first lower division team to be promoted into the Castle Premiership for the 2015 season when they won the Central Region Division One League back in October. The Gweru-based side, who are under the guidance of former Zimbabwe international forward Luke Petros, starved off the stiff challenge from Midlands State University and ZRP Beitbridge to book their place in the top flight.
Flame Lily on the other hand, under the tutelage of former Black Rhinos gaffer Nesbert Saruchera, sealed their ticket into the Premiership when they beat ZRP FC 2-0 to win the World Navi Northern Region Division One League ahead of Gunners and Mushowani Stars.