Fungayi Munyoro Sports Correspondent
AMBITIOUS Eastern Region Division One side Manica Diamonds want to be the first Zimbabwean club to win a continental football title, its chairman Masimba Chihowa has said.
The closest that a Zimbabwe football team has ever come to winning a continental competition was when the trailblazing Dynamos Class of ’98 went all the way to the finals of the Caf Champions League.
But Chihowa, a former FIFA Panel match official, said his team will break the jinx upon promotion into the top flight league. The Chancellor Junior school head said this while addressing the media at the unveiling of the club’s executive at a local hotel.
“We have a great vision. All things being equal we want to be the leading team in Zimbabwe, Africa and the world. We will be very excited as a club to be the first team to conquer Africa within a short space of time,” he said.
Chihowa added that they are already planning for life in the top flight league and they also want to attract players who trace their roots to Manicaland.
“I personally have been part of the famous group of the Tanganda group that played very well.
‘‘During that time they had a vibrant project which brought in all the players who had played in Manicaland.
‘‘All the players came back because it was a good project. I still believe that the project that we are working on we will attract all the players from Manicaland will join the club,” he said.
Meanwhile, Manica Diamonds FC have not lost a league match in 20 rounds of league matches and will play against United Lions at home on Sunday. Manica Diamonds, fondly referred to as the Gem Boys, have managed 17 wins and three draws.
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