ZIMBABWE Under 23 assistant coach Nesbert “Yabo’’ Saruchera is basking in the glory of becoming the first Division One coach to guide his team into the Premiership this year after steering army side Cranborne Bullets into the elite league yesterday.
While they needed a victory of any margin to secure the sole ticket from the Zifa Northern Region Division One, Saruchera saw his soldiers make the most of home ground advantage to overcome the battling Grain Tigers at 2 Brigade Barracks.
Malvern Hwata found the goal that made the difference three minutes before the break and the result torched the soldiers’ wild celebrations.
They will join their Black Rhinos colleagues in the top-flight next year.
Easily the best of the four Division One leagues in the country, the Northern Region naturally led by example by becoming the first to secure their slot in the Premiership.
The Central, Eastern and Southern Regions are yet to decide.
After yesterday’s match, Northern Region chairman Martin Kweza said Saruchera’s men will be handed the trophy and their prize money in a fortnight when they host Cam and Motor at their favourite hunting ground.
This is Saruchera’s second time in his coaching career to help a Division One team win promotion. ln 2014, he guided prisons outfit Flame Lily.State media