Future looks bleak for Highway

MUTARE The future of relegated Mutare based premier league soccer outfit, Highway FC, looks bleak following the mass exodus of players to due to non-payment of their outstanding salaries and bonuses.

The former premier league outfit, a once colourful and flamboyant team in the eastern region division one league, was relegated from the premier league last year following a string of poor results. The team has suffered financial problems and there is no hope of revival, a development that has prompted some of the players to just leave. Tofirei Sambo, a former Dynamos midfielder who captained Highway FC and guided it into the premier league, is one of the players who has left. I have moved from Highway FC and I am now club hunting. The reasons for moving away from Highway FC are because I was not paid my three months salary, signing on fee of US$2300 or winning bonuses, said Sambo. Sambo explained that he was looking to rejoin Dynamos, a team that gave him fame.

During the last years July transfer window eight senior players including Alfred Raul Chikohomero, Clemence Skude Mkudu, Albert Kadengwa and Emmanuel Sinaputa left the club in protest of their unpaid dues. Coaches Lloyd Mutasa and Calisto Pasuwa also packed their bags unceremoniously after going for months without being paid. The inseparable duo then settled at Shooting Stars where they produced wonders. Highway FC players threatened not to fulfil the remaining matches during the closing stages of the premiership, as they demanded their outstanding payments.

But, well-wishers including Mutares prominent businessman and politician, Isau Mupfumi, donated US$2000 to enable the matches to go on. Efforts to get a comment from Yard were fruitless as his mobile phone was unavailable. Impeccable sources said: The coffers have run dry. I dont think he (Binali) still has that money to pay the outstanding bonuses for the players. It is very sad that things have gone this way. I dont think the club still exists.

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