Itai Muzondo in Gweru
23 March 2017, GWERU – Shurugwi-based Division One soccer outfit, Nichrut FC has raised considerable interest, with soccer fans wondering whether the road-side town soccer club will be able to host premiership games next year or not.
This comes after the Nichrut FC management gave the team's new coach, John Nyikadzino, a carte blanche to acquire players with premiership experience.
The team is set to commence its run for premiership when the Zifa 2017 Central Region League commences in April.
Sources have since interpreted the move to mean that Nichrut will be playing top flight football in 2018. They also said Nyikadzino has also acquired some of the finest players to have played in the premiership.
"There is no other way bosses can express what they expect from you than give you a blank cheque to sign in players. We are sure that is what management is expecting which, therefore, leaves Nyikadzino with a big task ahead," said a source.
Contacted for comment, Nyikadzino could neither accept nor deny reports that he has been given the green light to sign new players though he said he wants to finish the season at least in the top four.
"We are ready for the season; preparations are going on well and we have a strong team. Soccer is very competitive, we have high hopes. A finish in the top four will be good for us and anything more will be a welcome bonus," said Nyikadzino.
Players who have since joined the Shurugwi outfit include former Hwange Colliery FC duo; Farai Vimbisai and David Boriwondo, Agrippa Peperere and Simon Maengeni who were on duty with Chapungu FC last season and former Dynamos FC forward; Aleck Marime.
Other players who have joined Nichrut FC are Vimbai Madamombe and Khamalongosh Chidzero who were with Whawha FC in 2015, former Platinum FC midfielder, Bastos Chihowa and Farai Masusunye who was with Boarder Strikers last season.
Meanwhile, Nichrut has impressed in its pre-season preparations; holding Dynamos to a 2-2 draw last month before clobbering Zifa Eastern Region side; Bikita Minerals, 4-1 at Peak Mine Stadium in Shurugwi recently.
The club has also unveiled its new kit which was donated by Shurugwi's Vital Supermarket.sport