“I am happy with the assembled squad. We are on the right track in our quest to achieve stardom,” Ncube told The Zimbabwean recently.
“We are very aware of the big challenge that lies ahead in continental showcase and in the league, but with the present squad, we are more than ready for anything. Our squad should also deliver and make sure we become a competitor for a top position in the PSL this season. We are getting the support we need from the executive, so there is no way we should disappoint.”
The ambitious gold miners kick-started their preparations this week for a home first leg date against Chuoni FC of Zanzibar in the preliminary round of the competition next month at Barbourfields Stadium.
Among the new players that have been brought on board to the Metallon Gold-sponsored outfit are Monomotapa’s Kudakwashe Musharu, Harare City’s Tendai Ngulube, Triangle’s Courage Denias, Nicholas Alifandika from relegated Black Mambas, Buffaloes’ Wonder Sithole, and defenders George Magariro and Morris Kadzola.
Also drafted into the 29-member squad are young Aces Academy goalkeeper Donovan Benard, Caps United’s Marvel Samaneka, Gunners’ James Chitereki, Black Rhinos’ Blessing Sande and Edmore Muzanenhamo from Zifa Southern Region Division One side Ntabazinduna Prison.
How Mine who were dubbed giant killers in the 2013 Castle Lager Premier Soccer season after felling the country’s top three clubs, Highlanders (twice in the league), Dynamos (once in the league and the Mbada Diamonds Cup quarter-final) and Caps United in the Mbada semi-finals, are believed to be a more formidable side in the 2014 season.
The club also retained goalkeepers Ephraim Mazarura and Notice Nonjabulo Dube, right back Brighton Dube, Terrence Majo, Hebert Dick, Nyasha Mukumbi, Gilbert Banda and Nelson Tachi.
Also retained was midfielder Menard Mupera, who has also been reportedly considering retiring, Xolisani Moyo, Warren Dube, Timothy January, Thembani “Smaller” Masuku, Donald Chiringa, Eddie Nkulungo, Simba Sithole and Qinani “Chroma” Sibanda.Post published in: Football