Masvingo United, who make a return to the Premiership in 2011 after a year in Division One, have revealed that they were back to stay and make a mark in the country’s elite soccer league.
The Masvingo-based outfit’s coach Tembo Chuma on Wednesday told NewsDay Sport that they intended to start the season with a bang and ensure that they were not given the boot at the end of the season.
“We want to start the season with a bang. We want to stay in the Premiership not for one year. We don’t want to come in and just go out of the Premiership,” Chuma said.
Chuma said their aim was to stay in the Premiership unlike most clubs which gain promotion and end up being relegated in their first year.
Masvingo United is set to bring new players into the fold before the start of the season to boost their squad.
“We are definitely buying new players to beef up the squad. We want eight new players to join us but we are still negotiating with their clubs,” he said.
The busmen coach said places will have to compete for playing in the first team when the season begins.
“Some players might be affected because of new players. But it will be a challenge for the old players to pull up their socks. “The old players will be given preference but they have to prove themselves,” he said.
Chuma said they will resume preparations for the 2011 season early next month.
“We will start preparations on January 18. We will have trials and then we will assembly our probable team of 25 players as is now required by the PSL,” he added.
He also said they would be gunning for victory in all their home matches.
“Our slogan will be to play well and avoid home defeats.
Chuma mentioned players like Pevington Zimunya, goalkeeper Francis Tizayi, Hardlife Mavundi and Rowland Makiwa as some of the players who were outstanding last season.
“Zimunya, Tizayi and Makiwa were some of the players who performed well last season. Zimunya was the top goalscorer with 17 goals.
FC Victoria, also from Masvingo, are one of the clubs relegated from the Premiership this year.