FROM being labelled the whipping boys-in-waiting at the start of the Zifa Southern Region to proving their clout as serious competitors, Binga Pirates FC is giving its benefactors reason to continue bankrolling the club until the end of the season.
Being a community team, Binga Pirates relies on the benevolence of people such as Matthew Muleya who sponsor the team with fuel for travelling for away games, food and refreshments and paying referees’ fees among other requirements.
The team sits on sixth position in the Zifa Southern Region league.
“The team has surpassed all expectations and we hope the players and technical team will continue working hard in the second half of the season.
“When the league started in April, we didn’t expect the team to give bigger clubs such as Bulawayo City and Bosso90 a run for their money. We just wanted the boys to compete and prove to the rest of the country that talent is not restricted to major cities and towns,” said Muleya.
Just last week the Witness Munkuli-mentored Binga Pirates held second-placed Talen Vision to a one-all draw, denying ex-Warriors assistant coach Mkhuphali Masuku’s team an opportunity to take pole position in the First Division.
Bulawayo City were also held to a nil all draw at Binga High School while Bosso90 were beaten by a goal to nil by the team now known as the “Fish Mongers”.
Indlovu Iyanyathela, a Zimbabwe National Army side, have also bitten dust at the hands of Binga Pirates.
With such performances, a number of Binga Pirates players are expected to be lured to bigger clubs when the player transfer window opens this month.
“Football is about growth and aiming for bigger goals so if other teams are interested in our players we will not stand in their way. The community is happy that the team is doing well and that alone will drive us to continue supporting the boys,” he said.