Ngezi parade trophy

Ngezi Platinum Stars players and technical team celebrate after being crowned the 2023 Castle Lager premier soccer league champions at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday

NGEZI Platinum Stars afforded people in Mashonaland West a lifetime opportunity to have a feel of the Castle Lager Premiership title in celebration of their historic campaign with a trophy parade yesterday.

This provincial tour was meant to appreciate the Mashonaland West community for their support throughout the season.

Ngezi Platinum won the league marathon with two games to spare to end their six-year wait.

Madamburo became the first team in this province to achieve this feat in the history of domestic football.

They also took this chance to distribute copies of the H-Metro special edition which was published last weekend to document their road to success.

The celebrations ended at Baobab where Sulumani Chimbetu who also hails from Mashonaland West, entertained a decent crowd that attended the party.

The local chiefs also graced the event.

The team’s forward Takunda Benhura gave people in Kadoma every reason to resonate with Ngezi’s success after netting 13 times to claim the Golden Boot.

This title also meant everything to schoolboy Nisbert Muzenda who was the only player in this squad born and raised in Mhondoro-Ngezi.

Muzenda will go down in the history books of the local league as the first player to win the PSL title with his hometown club.

He will also take pride in knowing that he achieved this rare mark as a 17-year-old. He is an A-Level learner at Wanganui in Mhondoro-Ngezi.

The club is also considering taking the championship to his school to extend their gratitude.

If that happens, Muzenda said it would be a great honour for him.

“I’m excited to be part of this success, it’s something we had never seen and it’s everyone’s hope in Mashonaland West that this should not be the last time.

“We were really happy and also motivated with the reception we got during our trophy parade.

“We felt the love across the province and it has challenged us to do better next season just to bring more joy in our province, especially in Mhondoro,” said Muzenda.

The team’s chairman, Leonard Musariri, also declared that they are going to  push to the limits to qualify Baobab to host the Caf Champions League next season.

“We have seen how people are appreciating the efforts that are being made to make this club one of the best in the league.

“We are going to try our best to  make some upgrades that will enable us to host our Caf Champions League fixtures.

“People in Mashonaland West deserve to watch African Football in their province and we are going to force that to happen,” said Musariri.

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