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ON the day Zimbabwe Saints laid to rest one of their greatest sons, iconic footballer Max Shaluza Tshuma, the former champions faced a battle to stay in the Zifa Southern Region Division One League.

Chikwata, champions of Zimbabwe in 1988, could be thrown out of Division One as they struggle to get funds to fund their operations.

Saints were given until Monday to pay an estimated US$5 000, including affiliation fees, they owe the Division One league or face expulsion.

By the end of the deadline, Saints hadn’t found the resources to foot their bills and now face the inevitability of being expelled.

Ironically, the deadline came on the very day that the club buried one of its legendary sons, Tshuma, who was a reminder of the days when Chikwata represented greatness.

While the woes continued for Saints, leaders Plumtree Chiefs bounced back to winning ways in style when they thrashed hapless Old Nic Mine 7-1 over the weekend.

Having fallen to a surprise 0-2 loss at Ntabazinduna, who are coached by Dream Team star Agent Sawu, the Chiefs responded in emphatic fashion to pour their frustrations on bottom club Old Nic.

Tedious Maguramanye led the rout with a hat-trick, Kundishora Chakanyuka scored a brace and Shelton Sibanda and former Motor Action ‘keeper Nico Francis completed the destruction.

Chiefs are now two points clear at the top of the standings.

Tsholotsho remained in pursuit by beating Ntabazinduna, in a five-goal thriller, to remain unbeaten in six league matches.

Southern Region Division One Results

ZPC Hwange 1, Trumus 1 Technosphere 1, Hwange Juniors 1 New West 3, Quelaton 2 Plumtree Chiefs 7, Old Nic Mine 1 Tsholotsho Pirates 3, Ntabazinduna 2.

Source : The Herald

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