Gunners Crowned Zimbabwe Soccer Champions
Harare – Gunners were on Sunday crowned Zimbabwe soccer champions, becoming the second low profile club to achieve that after Monomotapa's triumph in 2008.
This followed Gunners’ 2-0 victory over bitter rivals Dynamos, which saw Chando Kupisa go on 58 points against Dynamos’ 53 with only one match to play before the curtain comes down on the Zimbabwean soccer calendar.
Sunday’s result renders academic the last matches of the season involving Gunners against Lengthens and the other between Dynamos and Shooting Stars which are scheduled for this weekend.
As Zimbabwean champions Gunners now qualify to represent Zimbabwe in the 2010 Caf Champions League Champions League while Dynamos will have to wait until the outcome of the last matches of the season to know whether they will play in Champions League or in the Confederations Cup.
CAPS United are breathing heavily on Dynamos’ neck for that second slot in the Caf Champions League.
However, Gunners club chairman Cuthbert Chitima hinted that they would need financial guarantees for them to take part in Pan African football since his club did not have the money to participate in this competition.
That aside. It was second half goals from Nathan Ziwini and Norman Moroto that ensured that the Harare side was on top of their popular neighbours that secured victory for Moses Chunga’s side.
The victory also strengthen Chunga’s claim as the coach of the year, an award in which he is fighting for against Dynamos’ Elvis Chiweshe and Lengthens’ Mandla Masuku. Two Gunners players’ Norman Maroto and Ramson Zhuwao are also among the finalists for the CBZ soccer star of the year award.
Gunners celebrated their famous victory in style as there were more Dynamos supporters than those of their own at a party that was held after the game at Jazz 105 in Harare.