HOW MINE coach, Usheunesu Chaka, believes his team's remarkable season, which saw them pip Bantu Rovers for the championship on the final day, was a triumph for hard work. Manuel Silinda's effort, deep
in the second half, powered How Mine into the Premiership for the first time as they dismissed Black Boots 1-0 at the weekend.
Bantu Rovers were the firm favourites for the top spot but they surrendered at the last hurdle, losing 1-0 to Rufaro, who should be commended for their Fair Play spirit to keep fighting even when they had nothing to play for.
How Mine have now joined Northern Region champions Black Rhinos, Eastern Region winners Triangle and Central Region's Tripple B as the four teams promoted into the Premier League for the 2013 season.
Chaka, who started with the team from Division Two, paid tribute to his players for the fighting spirit and has since shifted his attention to life in the Premiership.
"It was a tough road for us but credit should go to the players who showed a lot of character until the last day of the season," said Chaka.
"We are not wasting too much time celebrating. We need to start preparing for the big challenge in the Premiership.
"And now that we are in the Premiership, we don't want to make numbers or being the punching bags. We are obviously coming in to challenge for honours and I have faith in my youngsters.
"This team has been together for some time but there is need to add one or two experienced players at this level to match competition in the Premiership.
"With the team that I have I am confident we can go far and we are ready for the challenge. I owe our success to hard work from everyone in the team - the executive, technical team, players and the supporters."
Meanwhile, former Premiership giants Zimbabwe Saints were relegated from the Zifa Southern Region Division One into Division Two.
Tsholotsho 3, Makhandeni 0; Projects 0, How Mine 10; Hwange Jnrs 5, Railstars 0; Black Boots 0, How Mine 1; Bantu Rovers 0, Rufaro 1; New West 2, Sizani 0; Ntabazinduna 0, Bulawayo Chiefs 1;
Chapungu 1, Silo 0; FC Platinum 8, Airstars 1; Strikers 2, Hwahwa 0; Tongogara 2, MSU 2; Vumbachikwe 1, Town United 1; Chrome Stars 1, Jessie Mine 0; Blanket Mine 0, Tripple B 3.