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THE ZIFA Northern Region Division One Soccer League will be hoping to come up with their programme for this year when they hold their general meeting in two weeks time in Harare to discuss various issues concerning the league.

The general meeting is pencilled for February 21 and the league’s chairman, Willard Manyengavana, said they will be reviewing the previous season with the chairman’s report being the main subject on the agenda.

Manyengavana and his leadership, which includes vice-chairman Martin Kweza and secretary-general Sweeney Mushonga, have been praised for the way they have turned around the league.

“It’s just going to be the chairman’s report and the financial report, the usual business. There is nothing much except issues arising from the chairman’s report, of which we had a fairly good season in the previous season, so we don’t think we have a lot of issues,” said Manyengavana.

Manyengavana said they are yet to come up with their programme for this year but they were happy they have managed to retain all their sponsors from last year.

“We are working on the programme. We are going to make our provisional schedule after seeing how many teams have affiliated.

“But as of now we are not able to come up with the schedule until maybe when we have the general meeting, we are waiting for our general meeting on February 21. As for sponsorship, World Navi are on board as well as Supreme Panel Beaters, although we are yet to get any figures from both sponsors.

“Yadah as well are on board. In short, we have retained all our sponsors and we are still working to see if we can get one or two more sponsors,” Manyengavana said.

The ZIFA Northern Region League will be hoping to take another positive step as they seek to take the game to another level, having managed to engage some sponsors for the first time last year.

They also had their inaugural Soccer Star of the Year Awards, which saw Mushowani Stars captain Zivanai Mhanda being voted the best player of the year.

Mhanda is set to go for trials at Vissel Kobe in Japan this month as part of his prize and yesterday Manyengavana said they were waiting for communication from the club after sending them a video footage of the player they had requested.

“We sent a video which they wanted and we are just waiting for them because they have not yet communicated with us,” said Manyengavana.

Five teams were promoted into the league — Blue Jets, Zatex, Pfura, Cargo Carriers and DT Africa while Royal Classic, Chegutu Pirates, Twalumba, Seven Flames, Lake Harvest and Blue Swallows were relegated in the previous season.

Source : The Herald