Hwange coach Try Ncube believes his side is back in the Premier Soccer League to stay after sealing promotion at the weekend by winning the Southern Region Soccer League championship title.
Hwange were relegated from the top flight league in 2019 and have infact been coming up and dropping down to the first division with regularity over the years but Ncube reckons the current squad is capable of maintaining their status in the PSL for some seasons to come.
“We have a good squad of experienced and young players who can stand up to any team in the Premier Soccer League. We have a large pool of young players that have shown so much potential,” Ncube said.
“Of course we are going to add some players going into next season but generally the squad that we have is good enough. Also as Hwange we have a big catchment area to tap from, we are the team that players from surrounding areas look up to and in the past we have given a platform for a number of players not only from the surroundings but across the country to launch their careers.”
“We need all the stakeholders involved with Hwange to work together so that the team gets the necessary support so that it competes in the PSL without challenges. Also if you check we will be travelling long distances and training days will be cut short because of the travelling, fatigue will also affect players so there is indeed a need for support and unity of purpose. Infact we need to start preparing for next season now.”
Ncube who now has back to back Southern Region Soccer League titles after winning the 2019 edition with Bulawayo City, gave credit to his assistants Obert ‘Cobra’ Moyo and Edmore ‘MaMkwebu’ Sibanda for laying the foundation for the Hwange’s promotion.
The duo were in charge of the team for the better part of the campaign after then head coach Bongani Mafu left to join Ngezi Platinum Stars in March.
“It was not easy winning the championship because there was stiff competition from other clubs but I give utmost credit to the technical team that I found at Hwange. Obert Moyo and Edmore Sibanda did I good job and I just came in to maintain and polish up what was there. I also need to salute the players, the executive and the fans for their efforts in making sure that Hwange are back in the PSL,” added Ncube.
Hwange joined Gweru based Sheasham, Simba Bhora from Shamva, and Green Fuel from Chisumbanje in winning the regional ZIFA Division One leagues and gain promotion into the PSL for the 2023 season.
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