Alexander Chirume,Sports Reporter
HERENTALS coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva believes his team are ready to take another step in their development as they prepare for a second season in the top flight.
The students enjoyed a good debut season in the top flight in 2018 where they finished an impressive sixth despite choosing to stick with their promotion winning team.
It seems to be the case again this season as Mutiwekuziva said the experience they got last term has made their players better.
Keeping almost all of their players has led the gaffer believing they can improve on their performance from last season.
“Our expectations are that we perform better than last or at least maintain our achievements.
“We are working hard to try and improve our points tally from last season and then maybe revise our targets as we go on,” he said.
The Herentals Group of Colleges owned side managed 51 points from 13 wins, 12 draws and nine defeats.
Mutiwekuziva reflects on his team’s first year in the PSL as a learning period that has made them more mature.
“I believe the squad has become a lot stronger from last season, the fact that we did not lose our players gives us that continuity and like l have always said l believe in the players we have.
“Last season they were learning the PSL and came out of that experience stronger so we are hopeful of more success,” he added.
Mutiwekuziva believes forward Tinotenda Benza’s departure for England during the season will be a loss to the team but a plus on the image of the club.
“It’s a big loss but also a very good thing.
“This is the first time a player from our club is going to play in Europe so it puts us in a good picture in terms of grooming players, we are happy for him,” he said.
TelOne will be Herentals’ first opponents with the league kicks off on the 30th of March, Mutiwekuziva said he hopes their PSL experience will be an advantage over the debutants.
“A good start will be good for us as we play against TelOne, nothing much to talk about them since they are new in this league but we look to maybe use our little bit of experience to our advantage,” Mutiwekuziva said.