Buffaloes focused

Premiership outfit, Buffaloes FC, have lined up a series of friendly matches starting from next week and running to March, in a bid to test their strength.

This weekend, they will host Harare City at Sakubva Stadium, before they travel to Chiredzi for another challenge match against Triangle at Gibbo Stadium next weekend.

Team spokesperson, Tendai Chitowa, confirmed the series of the matches.

“As to our arrangement, we hope to play more friendly matches before the season starts so that we fully prepare ourselves,” said Chitowa.

“We are now starting our pre-season friendly matches and we will begin by playing Harare City at Sakubva on Saturday and then travel to Chiredzi.”

“We really want to urge fans to come in their numbers to see for themselves the preparations that we are doing ahead of the season. After all, this is our project as people of Mutare. If we succeed we do so together and if we fail, we sink together as a community.”

However, the two matches are expected to give new coach Luke “Vahombe” Masomere an insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the team he is assembling.

Apart from the players he retained, Masomere also signed Eria Phiri, Frankson Bushiri, Tafadzwa Mombeshora (from Shabanie Mine), Clayton Gutu, ZPC Kariba’s Simon Choenda, Sakubva-born Mike Nyamukasa, and former Highlanders player Marshal Machazana.

Buffaloes lost key players Themba Ndlovu (Dynamos), Wonder Sithole (How Mine) and Steven Sibanda (FC Platinum).

Interestingly, among the players seeking to join Buffaloes is James Matola, who is also trying to make it into the final squad for the 2014 season.

The former Dynamos, Free State Stars and Supersport United defender, who turns 37 in June, was in Mutare where he had been training with the Premiership outfit.

Masomere trimmed the number of players to 40 early this week after the team’s well-attended trails. He said he needed at least one more week to make up his mind on whether or not to sign the ageless former Warriors’ defender.

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