ZIFA Central Region Soccer League acting chairman Patrick Hill has urged champions Sheasham to be good ambassadors of the region in the Premier Soccer League next season.
Speaking at the handover of the medals to Sheasham at the weekend for winning the 2022 Central Region Soccer League championship title, Hill said it is worrying that since the inception of the league, only FC Platinum have been able to hold their own in the Premier Soccer League by winning the league title and avoid relegation over the years.
Clubs from the region have failed to last the mile in the top flight league with most of them getting relegated without spending more than a season. Hardbody, Triple B, Border Strikers, Nichrut, WhaWha and TelOne are some of the clubs that only lasted a season while Shabanie Mine and Chapungu are the only teams to have lasted more than a season.
“Excellency is not a result of wishful thinking but decisions that are aligned to goals. I therefore challenge you to go there in the Premier Soccer League and represent us well. Emulate what FC Platinum have done, going in there and challenged for honours,” Hill said.
“Infact you should go in there and compete to be the best like FC Platinum. You should be challenging FC Platinum for the titles. They should be your rivals in terms of going for honours.”
Sheasham club president Clever Mandaza accepted the challenge and promised to bring glory to the region.
“We know that it’s going to be a different ball game all together in the premiership so we are not resting on our laurels. We know that there is going to be a lot of travelling and need for more resources. So we have already begun the preparations and canvassing for resources in earnest,” Mandaza said.
“We promise that we are not just going to add numbers and get relegated at the end of the season. We have our own ambitions and we can only achieve them by staying in the top flight league for good. We promise you that we are not going to be relegated.”
Coach John Nyikadzino who has campaigned in the premiership before with Chapungu and Nichrut said he is aware of the terrain that he is going to compete in and is confident of doing well.
“Let me assure you that we are not going to be just place holders in the premiership. I repeat it that we not just going to add numbers, we are going to compete and try to emulate FC Platinum like have been said,” Nyikadzino said.
“I’ve been there before with Chapungu and Nichrut and I’m very much confident that the squad that we have is capable of doing us proud in the league.
Sheasham who finished the Central Region Soccer League season unbeaten in 26 matches joins three other regional champions Simba Bhora, Hwange and Green Fuel into the Premier Soccer League for the 2023 season.
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