John Nyikadzino says he is not resting on his laurels after winning the Central Region Soccer League championship title with Sheasham and is already planning for life in the Premier Soccer League in 2023.
Nyikadzino said his experience with Chapungu and Nichrut in the PSL taught him the benefits of continuity and early preparations.
“For me the celebrations are over because we are now heading towards a new chapter which is going to be tough. It’s going to be tough on many facets because we have a number of players who would be playing in the Premier Soccer League for the first time so they need proper guidance and mental aptitude. Also coming from the Central Region Soccer League, we are carrying the hopes of many people,” Nyikadzino said.
“People from the region are concerned that teams that come from the region are always getting into the PSL and get relegated so as Sheasham it’s something that we want to put a stop to. We want to build a team that is going into the PSL to stay not to be relegation candidates from day one but to stay in there and give glory to the region. We want to build a team that is going to compete and always help the Central Region Soccer League flagship where we come from.”
Nyikadzino who is among the crop of coaches to have won three Division One title with different teams in the country and the only one in the Central Region Soccer League said he is looking at keeping the core of the team as he wants continuity.
“We need a team not stars inorder to succeed. We need a team of players who understands each other, players who can fight for each other. Another element that won us the Central Region Soccer League title is unity and team spirit so we want to maintain that. Of course we will add one or two players but I would like to maintain the bulk of the players within the team. I would also want us to start our preparations for next year now because the time between now and the start of next season is too much for players to be idle. We need to be training so that players maintain good fitness levels.”
Nyikadzino also paid tribute to the club’s sponsors, executive and the fans for their success in the Central Region Soccer League.
“I would also want to give special mention to the club president Clever Mandaza for the vision that he has for the team. After our near miss in 2019, he kept faith in me and told me that we will do it the next time and we did it. With his his vision for the club, I see Sheasham growing to be one of the best teams in the country,” added Nyikadzino.
“I also want to give credit to the chairman Reginald Chidawanyika and his executive for their sterling job in guiding the team and giving maximum support to the players. I’m very much optimistic that with such unity of purpose and vision, we are going to accomplish our mission in the PSL in 2023 and beyond.”
Sheasham set a record in the Central Region Soccer League after ending the season unbeaten in 26 matches. – CRSL Bulletin
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