The Chisumbanje community is basking in glory in its quest to promote Green Fuel


The Chisumbanje ethanol plant is the largest of its kind on the African continent.

Located in Chisumbanje, 464 kilometers from the capital Harare, the chemical plant is simply mesmerizing.

Work at the enterprise continues 24 hours with shifts in between.

It has an endless carpet of sugarcane and the company’s operational base, Green Fuel, extends to 40,000 hectares.

The plant, however, is not the only major project in the company – there is a football project that has enlivened those who call Chisumbanje home.

Green Fuel Football Club are dominating the Eastern Division One and are set to win the sole ticket to the Premier League.

The team is under the management of veteran former Dynamo and Platinum FC coach Lloyd “Samaita” Mutasa.

Their 3-0 thrashing of Wangu Mazodze at the Green Fuel Arena last week was their 18th win in 23 matches.

They are 11 points clear of second-placed Mutare City Rovers with seven games to go. They need to win 3 of those games to seal promotion and only complacency of the highest order can prevent that.

Green Fuel were undefeated throughout the campaign.

The prospect of Premier League football in Chisumbanje has further ignited the passion of football fans in the area for the green fuel.

“The thought of our team playing in the Premier League gives me goosebumps,” admits Green Fuel fan Tanyaradzwa Chirombe.

“I can’t believe we’re going to host Dynamos here, it’s crazy, but as long as we don’t want to count the eggs as the chickens, we still have work to do to get promoted,” she added.

Simba Chirawu, another fan of the club, hailed the Green Fuel’s dominance and likened Mutasa to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

“We have our own Pep Guardiola in Samait (Mutasa). In today’s football, it’s unbelievable to live so long without defeat, and only a genius can do it,” Chiravu said with an excited look on his face.

Mutasa, while flattered by the compliments, takes very little credit for Green Fuel’s success.

“All this was possible thanks to God,” he said.

“That is why I continue to give praise to God. Let me say that I am very honored to be compared to such a great coach, I am very grateful to the Chisumbanje community because we are in it together.

“When we started, the vision was just to get to the PSL and then this unbeaten run is just a miracle from God (God does it),” added the former Warriors assistant coach.

No professional football team in Zimbabwe has ever gone an entire season without defeat, but Mutasa is not bothered by that record, he just wants his charges to get promoted.

“All I want is promotion to the PSL,” the coach said.

Green is a color associated with nature, luck and growth, and the Chisumbanje community relates to this in the context of collecting the Green Fuel title and seeking promotion.

The Chisumbanje community is basking in glory in its quest to promote Green Fuel

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