The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
WHILE their rivals have been active on the transfer market, Highlanders are still to make any signing for the 2020 season.
Dynamos, FC Platinum, Caps United, Ngezi Platinum Stars have been strengthening their squads by bringing in new players.
The Glamour Boys have been the most active as they have been on a shopping spree since December last year.
Former Highlanders midfielder, King Nadolo was the latest player to sign for Dynamos last week, with many of the view that DeMbare, who finished 9th last season would be dangerous opponents in 2020.
Dynamos have officially signed 13 players so far, with chances of more players being signed, with Nigerian Osi Minuri keen on joining Dynamos after being offloaded by Ngezi Platinum.
Three-times-in-a-row Zimbabwean champions FC Platinum have so far signed eight players, the latest being Silas Songani.
Ngezi Platinum signed 10 players to replace the same number who left the club, with the Mhondoro-Ngezi-based side seeking to land the title under coach Rodwell Dhlakama.
Caps United are said to be bringing in as much as 15 players, who should be disclosed to the public this week as they look to bolster their squad and challenge for the title. Makepekepe coach, Darlington Dodo said they were signing new players to reinforce their team.
“We are definitely bringing in new players, our rivals have already signed players, we have to also sign players to compete as well, we should be unveiling the new players this coming week so I cannot tell how many we are bringing in,’’ Dodo said.
Highlanders lost McClive Phiri, Denzel Khumalo and Patrick Musaka whose contracts expired, with the bulk of the players still with Amahlolanyama. Zambian striker, Peter Nyirenda also had his contracted terminated by mutual consent together with Munyaradzi Chitambwe.
Mitchel Katsvairo, Mkhokheli Dube, Humphrey Ncube, Collin Mujuru and Chris Mverechena are some of the high-profile players. With Highlanders looking for good back up for Ariel Sibanda in goals, Mverechena has good chances of being signed seeing that Wellington Muuya and Erick Nyathi failed to give the Bosso number one a good challenge.
It is understood that Highlanders have not even spoken to any players training with them at the moment since they are waiting for the sponsorship package from their sponsor NetOne.
“No players have been signed at Highlanders because there are no funds to make any signings. Highlanders are waiting for their package for this season, then they will start talking to players,’’ the source said.
Dube, winner of three championships in a row with FC Platinum is said to have made a massive difference in the Highlanders changing room but while he is a good leader, he is a last resort to be signed because of his age.
Highlanders are said to be targeting their former striker Obadiah Tarumbwa who is with Talen Vision.
Bosso finished the season in sixth position in 2019 and Mark Harrison is looking for an improvement from that last season’s finish.