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Harare's Lengthens Club Could Graduate To Premier Soccer League

The championship of Zimbabwe's First Division soccer league, northern region, could be decided on Wednesday when the favored team, Lengthens of Harare, will face the Douglas Warriors at Rudakwa Stadium in Marondera.

A victory by Lengthens could elevate the club to the Premier League, as was the case with the southern region champion, Sundowns.

Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye spoke with sports commentator Michael Kariati about Lengthens chances of winning promotion from First Division to Premier League.

In weekend Premier League play there were upsets as top players were knocked out of contention for the $45 million (US$$180,000) Unity Cup.

The Southern Region select team lost 4-2 to Eastern Region Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium in the country's second-largest city of Bulawayo, while the Northern Region select team found itself edged out 2-1 by the Central Region.

The event marks the 1987 Unity Accord between President Robert Mugabe and the late vice president Joshua Nkomo, which nominally reconciled their rival ZANU-PF and ZAPU parties The Central and Eastern regions will contest the final, which some fear will weigh on turnout given the greater popularity of Southern and Northern clubs.

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