Simba Bhora clinched the Northern Region Soccer League championship title on Saturday with a game to spare after beating Commando Bullets 3-0 at Wadzanai stadium.
Tinashe Balakasi, Simba Maramwidze and Dean Chunga got the goals that gave Simba Bhora the win and open an unassailable seven point lead ahead Herentals U20 who can only reduce the gap to four points with a game to spare should they win away to Come Again on Sunday.
Simba Bhora coach Arthur ‘Tuts’ Tutani inked his name among the elite crop of coaches who won the Northern Region Soccer League title three times. He joins Bigboy Mawiwi, Nesbert ‘Yabo’ Saruchera from the region to win three titles but have an edge over them in terms of gold medals after claiming two as an assistant to Saruchera at Black Rhinos and to the late Friday Phiri at Monomotapa. John Nyikadzino and Lloyd Mutasa are the other coaches with three titles in the domestic second tier league. Nyikadzino has three titles in the Central Region Soccer League while Mutasa has three titles from the Eastern Region Soccer League.
“Firstly I would like to thank God for this achievement and secondly I want to say congratulations to the Simba Bhora family. From the club owner, the executive, the technical department, players and the fans, I say thank you for the unity of purpose,” Tutani said.
“It wasn’t easy winning this title, it was a result of hard work from everyone involved with the team. I want to give credit to the club owner for having faith in me and pushing me hard to bring success to the club. I’m happy that we delivered this Northern Region Soccer League title in front of our home fans.”
“We still carry the hopes of the Shamva community as well as that of Mashonaland Central province going into the Premier Soccer League. We are going to work hard and represent the region and the people of Shamva with distinction where we are going,” added Tutani.
Simba Bhora becomes the first team from Shamva to win the Northern Region Soccer League championship title and the third from Mashonaland Central province after Mwana Africa and Mushowani Stars to do so.
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