Tsholotsho unfazed by Premiership challenge

HARARE - Newly-promoted Tsholotsho Football Club coach Lizwe Sweswe says his team is ready to challenge established clubs in the Castle Premiership when the new season begins early next month.

Sweswe’s charges won the second-tier Zifa Southern Region Division One league ahead of second-placed Technosphere and third-placed Black Boots last year.

“I am happy with our preparations. Everything is going according to our plans,” Sweswe told the Daily News yesterday.

“I think there is nothing to fear competing with big Premiership teams. When we were in Division One, our target was to get promoted and play against these so-called big teams.”

Tsholotsho have remained largely silent on the transfer market but Sweswe is not concerned with his side’s lack of activity and is pleased with the arsenal at his disposal.

“We are not going to change our last season’s squad, I am confident that these young boys will do wonders in the top flight league this coming season,” he said. “Don’t expect any new big signings, we have a strong squad and you must know this is the way we can develop football in our country by giving these youngsters a chance to prove that they are capable of playing at a competitive level.

“We are going to add new players from our juniors. This is a rural community, I go to schools and scout for talented players and I can tell you we have a large pool of talented young players here in Tsholotsho.”

Tsholotsho have however, lost the services of their last season’s chief striker Edmore Chirambadare to Chicken Inn. Chirambadare won the 2014 Zifa Southern Region Golden Boot with 23 goals that helped Tsholotsho win promotion.

His goal tally was 11 more than the PSL’s joint Golden Boot winners, Charles Sibanda and Kuda Musharu, who finished with 12 goals each.

“Yes, Chirambadare was instrumental in our campaign last season, however, we are not looking for his replacement because we have our junior players who are capable of doing the same job,” said Sweswe.

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