CASTLE Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) debutants Whawha have said they will not be push-overs in their campaign, declaring that they would be in the top-flight league for a long period.
The league roars into life next month.
Whawha were promoted into the PSL from the Central Region with Tsholotsho FC (Southern Region), Flame Lily FC (Northern Region) and Eastern Region’s Dongo Sawmills.
Whawha chairperson Musa Ntonga yesterday said they were getting ready to cause upsets in the PSL challenge.
“Our preparations for the season are at an advanced stage,” she said.
“As a new team we might be seen as underdogs, but we want to show the Zimbabwe football family that we are not underdogs. We are not coming into the PSL to be visitors, but to stay.”
The PSL has a history of quick relegation of teams in their maiden season in the league, but Ntonga was optimistic.
“As a Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services team, we are a para-military organisation which strives as a disciplined force,” she said.
“Discipline and physique are important. Our players are trained to have endurance so that will be a technical advantage.”
Ntonga said they had set their targets for their debut season.
“We are hoping for a top-eight finish because we are eyeing to end the season on a respectable position,” she said.
“Considering that we are coming from the lower division, we have beefed up our team with experienced players.
“We have experienced coaches in Lloyd Mutasa (technical advisor) who has coached locally and regionally. Our head coach Luke Petros is a former Warriors player. He has seen it all in the PSL.”
The Midlands team will use Ascot Stadium, Gweru, which they will share with fellow PSL side Chapungu. Ntonga said the two clubs and the Gweru City Council were working together to renovate the stadium.
Whawha have in their books players like Matthew Urayayi, Kenneth Bhuka, Blesssed Chikwekwete and Simbarashe Zimora.
Ntonga said the coaches were still working on a 30-member sqaud for the league with 18 players now in the provisional list.