Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Byo Mthwakazi Club to be relegated From Castle lager premier League

ZIFA Southern Region Division One Soccer League-bound Quelaton leave the Castle Lager Premiership with no regrets and have vowed to return to top-flight action in two seasons.

Quelaton became the first team to be relegated from the country's elite league when they lost 0-1 to Gunners. The Bulawayo outfit has 10 points from 25 matches and even if they win all their remaining matches, they will accumulate 25 points.

Hwange who are fifth from the bottom have 26 points with other relegation-threatened clubs Hardbody and Gunners tied on 22 points while Blue Rangers are on 24 points.

Quelaton are just waiting for three other clubs that will join them in the unfashionable Zifa Division One leagues.

In an interview yesterday, Quelaton's director Tawanda Ruzive wore a brave face admitting that life in the Premiership had not been rosy.

He said they will go to the lower league better off technically as they have gained much needed experience and exposure. He vowed that they will put their house in order.

"We learnt a lot in the Premier League. The experience we got is just invaluable and even as we go back to the Division One Soccer League, we know what to do to get things right.

"Actually, from now up to February, this is the time for us to put a plan of action because we are targeting returning after two seasons. We say two seasons because we will recruit youngsters and by then they will be mature for PSL action," said Ruzive.

Quelaton were promoted to the top-flight league after winning the Zifa Southern Region championship but lack of resources, technical expertise and experienced players saw them make a quick return to the unfashionable league.

"We definitely want to return to the PSL because things are getting better there with Supersport coming on board, sponsored competitions and exposure which is not there in Division One. What we also have to do as Quelaton is to be organised and try to get sponsors because without guaranteed funding it's hard to survive.

"The players need to be motivated, you have to plan for travelling as well as pay referees and other match related costs, all of which needs money," Ruzive said.

He said he hoped to cash in on at least five players who have attracted attention from other Premiership clubs.

Ruzive could however not be drawn into revealing which players they are going to sell but this publication has it on good authority that some of the players who will leave the club include defender Zibusiso Sibanda, midfielders Timothy Jaunary, Mhleli Sibanda and Eddie Nkulungo.

Zibusiso and Mhleli look head for Caps United while it is not clear where the other players are going.

Goalkeeper Tapiwa Marime and striker Simba Manwere are also said to be on the radar of several teams.

"I have been talking to some clubs and I must say we have reached agreements with some of the big clubs who are interested in some of our players. We will let you know who is going when the season ends but most of the guys will be with us in Division One," Ruzive said.
By Sbue
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