BLACK Rhinos have accepted their fate and are already mapping the way forward for a quick return to the domestic Premiership.
This was revealed by club vice-chairman, Edward Mutukwa.
Key to their plans is that the club will retain the majority of their squad and continue with head coach Saul Chaminuka.
“We would like to congratulate our coach Saul Chaminuka for being voted as the November 2023 Coach of the Month.
“This good work by our humble coach was there for all to see.
“He had built a formidable outfit although it was too late for us to survive relegation since destiny was no longer in our hands.
“The whole team gave it their all, fought gallantly as soldiers despite the uneven playing field characterised by match manipulations, biased officiating among a host of dirty tactics being employed by the other bottom teams.”
“To us, that is now water under the bridge, we learnt from our mistakes.
“The coach and the bulk of the players will remain with the team in order to avoid rebuilding.
“We have faith in the coach’s ability and there are no coaching vacancies at the club for now.
“Those that are in ambush and spreading ill rumours, are encouraged to find jobs elsewhere and prove their worth at other clubs.
“The Army Sports Board has directed that the team returns to the top-flight league as soon as possible and that will be achieved.
“We really appreciate the support from all stakeholders involved. We have learnt from our mistakes, the brand has not faded but it will regenerate and blossom in a much better way.”