By Sports reporter
Tenax coach Blessing Madombi is excited by the prospect of having two Mutare based teams in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League next season.
Tenax are virtually guaranteed of promotion to the domestic top flight football league following their 2-0 win over Grayham FC in the penultimate round of the ZIFA eastern region division one at Mutare boys high school this past Saturday. The win took the Correctional Masters to 65 points from 29 games. Second placed Buffaloes were held to 1-1 draw away to Chiredzi Stars at the Chishamiso stadium and have 62 points from 29 games.
Going into the final round of games this weekend Tenax lead by 3 points and have a +10 goal difference cushion over cross town rivals Buffaloes. This means Tenax can lose their final game away to Ruwa by 9 goals or less and still get promoted granted that Buffaloes beat Green Fuel in their final home game at showgrounds.
Chauya Chikara as Tenax are affectionately known by their fans have the best defensive record in the eastern region division one having conceded just 16 goals all season. The Correctional Masters have kept clean sheets in their last 5 games. It is highly unlikely they will concede 9 goals against a Ruwa side that has scored just 25 goals all season.
Tenax head coach Blessing Madombi was thrilled to finally lead his team to promised land in domestic football, the Castle lager premier soccer league. Speaking to Diamond Sport following his team’s 2-0 win over Grayham FC this past Saturday Madombi expressed his delight at joining Manica Diamonds in the top flight.
‘Congratulations to Tenax family. Congratulations to the Mutare community. This was a sweet victory that has been many years in the making. It is also the first time that we will have two teams from Mutare in the PSL and that is a very beautiful thing for the Mutare community. We need to work together as a football family to try and build on this sweet victory.’
Madombi also dismissed speculation that the team would shift base to Harare nest season. The speculation was fuelled by Tenax’s two week camp in Harare as part of their preparation for their last two games against FC Makaha and Grayham FC.
‘I would like to put it on record that I haven’t heard any Tenax official discussing a relocation to Harare. So let’s all relax and prepare for Chauya Chikara is the PSL next season. Our Harare camp was just that a camp and nothing more. Tenax is staying in Mutare.’
Wild celebrations broke out at Mutare boys high school this past Saturday as news trickled in that Buffaloes had been held by Chiredzi Stars with Tenax fans and players basking in the glory of their inevitable promotion to the top flight, exactly 10 years after the team’s formation in 2009.
Tenax captain Farai Mugumwa who is also the current top goalscorer in the eastern region division one with 15 goals told Diamond Sport that he is looking forward to playing in the first ever Mutare derby in the Castle lager premier soccer league.
‘It’s a great feeling to finally get promoted to the PSL. For years we have been called bridesmaid but we have finally shaken off that tag. And we managed to do that because of our amazing team chemistry which has been built over years of playing together. Most of the guys in the team have been playing together for almost 8 years now. Now we are looking forward to playing in the first Mutare derby in the PSL.” He said.
Tenax are likely to join Manica Diamonds as the second Mutare team in the top flight after the Gem boys all but guaranteed their stay in the top flight with a 1 – 0 win over Bulawayo chiefs that moved them to 9th in Castle lager premier soccer league with 41 point and 3 games to go.