ERSL extends a hand to Chivhu FC
Chikomba-Chivhu FC were provisionally accepted to be part of the Eastern Region Soccer League (ERSL) after finishing second on the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Mashonaland East Division Two League.
The club wrote to the regional board indicating their willingness to ply their trade in the first division.
Chivhu FC who once played in the league put pulled out due to financial constraints completed the season as runners up to FC Hunters who got their sole ticket to ERSL after finishing on 54 points.
Out of the 23 games they played, the Henry Zindoga coached side bagged 51 points. Zindoga who guided Chivhu FC to their maiden promotion last season in second division was overjoyed.
“We are very happy as we have received a provisional invitation letter to Eastern Region Soccer League. We have raised the Chikomba flag high in terms of sports. We would like to extend our gratitude to all Chivhu executive, players and fans for having faith in our team,” said Zindoga.
Club Chairman Marufu Madhuveko expressed joy and said it has been their wish to play Division 1.Madhuveko has urged community leaders, political figures and the business community in Chikomba to assist and support the club as they aim to play in the Premier Soccer League in the near future.
“As Chivhu FC chairperson I urge all residents of Chikomba to support our team, as the community will now be able to witness better football since our club is now in a better league which is next to the premier league.
“However we are also appealing to the business community to come on board and assist us with affiliation fees and other expenses which are needed,” said Madhuveko.
ERSL vice chairman Wisdom Simba said they have provisionally invited three teams to be part of the league if there will be a slot in the league
“ We have provisionally invited Chivhu FC, Midway and Sando. These teams are yet to be admitted into the league. If there are any slot then we will consider them. But we will not just admit them without meeting certain league demands. Our league has 16 teams and we have three promoted and three relegated teams. According to our constitution, we have to have 18 teams. At the moment because of our economy, some teams will find it difficult to play and then we will fit in the invited teams,” said Simba.