29 March 2017
PADENGA Holdings from Kariba have withdrawn their participation from the Northern Region Soccer League just days before the 2017 season kicks off.
Padenga had already paid affiliation in readiness for their maiden NRSL dance but the club’s management has had a sudden change of heart.
But Padenga’s withdrawal has come as a blessing in disguise for Kariba Waves who have been recalled to the NRSL.
Sweeney Mushonga, the NRSL secretary general, told H-Metro that Kariba Waves had the credentials to play First Division football out of a pool of teams presented to them.
“As a league we pay attention to geographical spread of teams within our region. Padenga pulled out and the best thing was to replace them with a team from the same area or province.
“We found out that Kariba Waves was better prepared from all other teams from the region. So that’s the only change to our teams and everything else remains the same,” he said.
Kariba Waves have been thrown a lifeline after getting relegated from the NRSL at the close of 2016 season. The team finished on 17th position with just 31 points above Shamva who were also recalled to play in the 2017 season.