NEWLY-PROMOTED Bulawayo City has renewed contracts for 19 players that helped the club earn promotion to the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, while also adding veteran striker Mkhokheli Dube. BY FORTUNE MBELE
Club chairman, Jerry Sibanda yesterday confirmed they had given players contracts ranging between two and three years.
Sibanda said the club is targeting five more players including Highlanders midfielder, Edmore Muzanenhamo, Division One side Bulawayo Chiefs utility player, Proud Zireni and Chicken Inn striker, Thomas Chimenya.
“We have retained 20 players from our last year team,” he said.
“The players had one year contracts, which are ending on December 31 and we have extended their stay at the club by between two to three years. Mkhokheli is in our books. He joined us in June after he left Chicken Inn. Chimenya and Muzanenhamo are on our radar. But these players have contracts with their clubs and we will only be able to announce our full squad for the 2016 season by January 5.”
Muzanenhamo is contracted to Division One side Ntabazinduna Prison and was on loan to Highlanders after also having played for How Mine last year, while Chimenya’s contract with the 2015 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions Chicken Inn, ends on December 31.
Sibanda said they have approached Zimbabwe Prison Services over Muzanenhamo, but they are yet to get a response.
City retained skipper Xolisani Moyo, who failed to make the grade at Bosso, after parting ways with How Mine.
Some of the players that have committed their future to Bulawayo City are goalkeepers Ndodana Sibanda, Archford Katsande and Aaron Ngwenya.
The local authority side has defenders Peace Tshuma, Zibusiso Sibanda, Lewis “Rambo” Ncube, Terrence Majo and Pheleus Sibanda.
The Philani Ncube coached side have also tied down Welcome Ndiweni, Ndlovu, Warren Dube, Eddie Nkulungo, Bothwell Nyathi, Humphrey Ncube, and Makhosini Ncube in addition to captain Moyo.
The strikers that have signed are Dube, Qinani Sibanda and Mkhululi Moyo.
Sibanda said Bulawayo City’s target for 2016 is: “We just want to play well and survive relegation.”