Highlanders looking for big bucks (30-11-06)

BULAWAYO - Zimbabwean champions Highlanders say they will need at least Z$244 million for them to participate in the preliminary round of the lucrative African Champions League soccer showcase next year.
Bosso, who on Sunday revealed that they would venture into the rough African football terrain

for the fifth time since 1999, after holding an extra-ordinary meeting with their supporters, have appealed to the corporate world to assist them realise the amount.
According to estimates, based on the possibility that they might play teams from Tunisia and the Seychelles, Bosso need the amount to buy new players to bolster their depleted squad, pay match officials and accommodate visiting teams.
“This is not an easy road and we appeal to the corporate world to assist us as this is not only a Highlanders dream but a Zimbabwean one as well. We need to get through to the mini-league stage of the tournament and if possible, win the trophy for this success-starved nation,” said team manager Emmett Ndlovu.
He added that the executive would devise ways of raising the required amount, which might including holding friendly matches with other regional champions and musical shows.
Club Chairman, Ernest “Maphepha” Sibanda also revealed that the club, which is set to lose chief striker Ralph Matema to South African giants Orlando Pirates at the end of the season, was looking at buying new players for the African jungle.
He could not reveal names, although rumour has it that they are on course to signing Motor Action midfield ace Clement Matawu, young Carrington Gomba of Hwange, the towering Shadreck Malunga of Shabanie, as well as Ricky Sibiya and Philip Marufu from Chapungu.
Although they have won the Premier Soccer League championship more than any other club in Zimbabwe, Bosso are still to make a grade in the continental showcase, where they have become a big disappointment, leaving perennial rivals Dynamos as the only side to have reached the mini-league phase in 1998 and 1999. – Sports reporter

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