We are happy that we won the title race but l also put God first in all the things that we were doing and also thank Gweru City Council for giving us Ascot Stadium to use.
By Mike Chakwana
“It was God,” Tel One coach Joel has said of the team’s promotion into the Premier Soccer League for the 2019 season.
Lupahla recently guided the ‘WiFi’ boys after shrugging off stiff competition from army side Tongogara FC. The tense filled decider match which was played before a capacity crowd at Ascot Stadium in Gweru ended in violence as Tongo fans protested what they termed an “offside gaol,” which they claimed was awarded to Tel One.
Regional football administrators staved off a re-match rumour which was mainly stoked by social media.
Looking back at the eventful season, Lupahla believes a divine hand guided the team to the elite league.
Winning the Central Region Division 1 title was just a bonus to the team which was only aiming at a top four finish.
“I had indicated that the issue was not about winning the title since we were only aiming at a top four finish. The greatest resource which I had were my players whom I had confidence in,” he said.
“We are happy that we won the title race but l also put God first in all the things that we were doing and also thank Gweru City Council for giving us Ascot Stadium to use,” he said.
Tel One is most likely going to use Ascot as its home ground.
Meanwhile, Tongogara has once again missed the Central Region Championship for the second time.
Tongo last season fell to Shurugwi based Nichrut who were eventually promoted to PSL.