Blue Ribbon became the third team from Division One to join the elite soccer league after their goalless draw against Harare City at Zimphos on Wednesday, a result that took their tally to an unassailable 67 points.
Flame Lilly, who enjoyed the top position for the better part of the season, but were dislodged on the home stretch are second on 63 points with only one game left to play before the season ends this weekend.
The Misheck Chidzambwa- coached side join Chicken Inn who got promoted to the PSL from the Southern Region two weeks ago before Masvingo United from the Eastern Region followed suit. Four teams from the four Division One will join the PSL while four from the top flight will be demoted at the end of the season.
In an interview with NewsDay on Thursday, Sheunopa Ruwanza, the club’s secretary-general was a happy man that his team has joined the big boys of the country’s football.
“We are very happy as a team, it was a great achievement for us considering we have played Division One for only two seasons,” said Ruwanza.
“Our target when we started the season was to get promotion and we have achieved it in style. Our secret has been teamwork, the club executive supported us and there was unity between the technical team, the players and the sponsors.
“We hope that harmony will carry on as we face a stiffer test in the Premiership,” added Ruwanza.
He added: “With proper planning we will survive relegation and if we manage to survive relegation in the first year, we will be gunning for the championship in the following season,” said the ambitious Ruwanza.
He said although he is pleased with the players in the club’s books they will look to add at least five players to beef up the squad as they join the more competitive league.
“The team is OK, we have good quality players, but Division One is totally different from the premier league.
We have players with Premiership experience already but if we can add at least six good players with Premiership experience I think we will manage.
We are running our team professionally, the players are getting their salaries and winning bonuses in time and if the sponsors continue to do the good job they are doing we won’t have problems in getting the good players we are looking for,” said Ruwanza.
Blue Ribbon are sponsored by Blue Ribbon Industries, Blue Ribbon Foods, Aroma Bakeries, Mitchell’s Bakeries, Nutresco Foods and Blue Ribbon Stock Feeds.
The team is home to former Highway players Talent Munetsi and Emmanuel Sinaputa, and former Caps FC duo of Eria Phiri and Emmanuel Chasara.
The ambitious Harare side has also Premiership experience in their goalkeeper Moses Nelson who was with champions Gunners last season and Simon Choenda, the team’s captain who used to turn out for Masvingo United before they got relegated.
In Tineyi Chitora and Mario Mabhacho, they also have good strikers who can cause anxious moments for defenders in the premier league after the pair scored more than 60 goals for their team this season.