By MICHAEL MIYOBA
NAPSA Stars coach Perry Mutapa says the Pensioners have set long-and-short term targets to achieve as the new football season takes off on Saturday.
The Pensioners, who finished last season on fifth position says finish among the top four is one of the long-term targets the club has set.
Speaking during a virtual meeting with the media yesterday, Mutapa, who was flanked by his midfielder Dickson Chapa and defenders Keagan Zulu and David Odhiambo said the Pensioners will also fight to compete and qualify for the ABSA Cup.
The Pensioners will kick off the new season by taking on Ndola giants Zesco United.
‘It will be a tough one, as you can see a lot of teams have beefed up their squads so it will not be easy. But as Napsa Stars, we have our short- and long-term goals.
“With our short-term goals, we want to qualify for ABSA if we can do better in the first half of the season. In the long term, if we can do better than last season. That will be good for us,” Mutapa said.
“I have talked about the short-term goals which are to qualifying for ABSA, this season we have very big games in the first seven games, but all the teams this season will be tough, and the most important thing is looking back to how we have prepared.
He said Napsa Stars learnt some lessons last season which they plan to use as the new season kicks off.
Meanwhile, the players are also anticipating a tough season.
“Teams have recruited and it will be tough, but we are also up to the task and hopefully we’ll do better than last season as a team,” Odhiambo said.
Chapa said; “The first games are the ones to give us an identity as a team. You know to be the best, you need to beat the best so as a team we just have to enjoy these games, do well and they will give us an identity.”