ZVISHAVANE– Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League newcomers Sheasham FC Chairman Reginald Chidawanyika has vowed that his team is not there to add up numbers in the Castle Premier Soccer League but the club is there to compete with big boys. Sheasham FC, Simba Bhora and Greenfuel will be playing in the big boys league for the first time. The three teams will be joined by perennial relegation candidates Hwange FC who are making a third comeback in 12 years.
Chidawanyika told The Mirror Sport that the journey might be new but they are ready for the challenge ahead. Sheasham will join FC Platinum as the only two teams in the Region to be in the Premier league after Whawha got relegated. The club has supported their motive by signing 10 new players to bolster their squad. They have completed the signing of Diego Makurumidze and Tichaona Zota Macheka, from Caps United on two-year contracts.
The Construction Boys as they affectionately known by their legion of fans have also added former FC Platinum and Highlanders goalkeeper Future Sibanda and WhaWha’s roving anchorman Munyaradzi Chirwa on their shop list. They have also secured the services of Simbarashe Chimanikire, Parkington Mazhawu and Leonard Jani from Golden Eagles, ZPC Kariba and Talen Vision, respectively. Tafadzwa Marira, Polyester Shoko and Jubani Tuwe complete the list of senior players, with Michael Joseph topping the juniors list.
Coach John Nyikadzino has retained only 11 players from the squad that won the promotion ticket. Chidawanyika confirmed the signings, while also revealing that they are still in the process of filling the remaining gaps.
“We are happy with the progress so far. We believe the players have what it takes to make a mark. The squad has an average age of 24 years, and everyone is preparing to do their part. It’s our first season, a learning curve, but we also have the desire to be better,”he said.
Sheasham gained promotion without tasting defeat in the Central Region Soccer League as they fended off stiff competition from TelOne. The Construction Boys have since resumed pre-season training.