Geophrey Sifani Sports Reporter
TSHOLOTSHO FC coach Lizwe Sweswe says he is in the hunt for strikers to sharpen his frontline to help his side stay in the Premier Soccer League at the end of 2016.
Sweswe said they would be adding up to five new players to help achieve their objective of avoiding fighting relegation throughout the season as was the case last season.
“We’re still a young team and to think big would be deception for us. We still need to build and improve on our game strategies. We survived relegation by a whisker and we need not relax because every team coming into the PSL this season will not give up points just like that, but will be vying for the title,” said Sweswe.
“We’re targeting Division One talent where there’s less competition from big teams. We’re hoping to beef up from January 7 when we start our trials for new players. This is not to say the old players are being replaced, but we want new blood to ensure that our dominance in terms of possession wins us more games in the new season.”
He said two strikers, Fanuel Patika and Brian Mumba, who play in the South African lower leagues, will be joining Tsholotsho for trials and they were hoping to sign them.
“With the two coming into the team as strikers, we hope to have a good chance of being somewhere in mid-table in the new season instead of fighting relegation as we did last year,” he said.
Tsholotsho finished 12th last season with 30 points, just a place above the chop zone to have another dance in the topflight. They were the only newly promoted side to survive the chop after their fellow debutants Flame Lily, Whawha and Dongo Sawmill were relegated after just one season in the topflight. Army side Buffaloes were the fourth team to go down.
Meanwhile Tsholotsho FC chairman Mlamuli Phiri said the club will hold its general meeting tomorrow.
“Our meeting was supposed to be tomorrow (today) but I haven’t gotten hold of all board members, but we want to have it before January 7 when we have our trials. We’re hoping that all interested players turn up for the trials at White City Stadium,” said Phiri.