Off-season transfers: Bosso supporters happy

For two seasons on the trot Highlanders have had the agony of coming close to winning the league championship.

Chan star Peter Moyo could still be around.
Chan star Peter Moyo could still be around.

On both occasions, they were beaten to it on the ultimate day by perennial rivals, Dynamos. So painful has this been at times that in the 2012 season, they made history when they became the first club in the history of the local league to go 23 matches unbeaten, yet failing to land the biggest crown.

The tears were quickly dried last season when, after they failed to win the championship, they made amends the following week when they beat fellow Bulawayo club How Mine to lift the financially-rewarding Mbada Diamonds Cup.

The Bulawayo giants said earlier in the week that they were trying out a few deals before they announced their final 2014 squad, possibly next week, but their fans were already full of confidence that the coming season would belong to the black and white part of Zimbabwe.

On paper and from the rumour mill they have their reasons and they are very strong. Bosso have already gone through the agony of losing Masimba Mambare to champions Dynamos, but in his place, more exciting players have been lined-up, making their midfield even stronger than when the former Motor Action player was around.

Prodigal son Joel Ngodzo has returned from FC Platinum and if he regains his top form, he can be way better than the departed Mambare, while more exciting is the news that Highlanders could also get Zimbabwe’s best player at the just-ended CHAN, Kuda Mahachi on loan till at least June.

The tear-away winger, hitherto in the books of Bantu Rovers but on loan at Chicken Inn, has already signed for South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns, who have indicated that they would loan him out to Bosso till he can move across the Limpopo in June. The deal could even last longer because the South African season, which ends in May, only begins in August. Sundowns could start their training in July and would not want to disturb Mahachi should he be in top form in Bulawayo.

Midfield destroyer Mthulisi Maphosa has also extended his stay at Bosso, while some Canadian youngsters have also been signed. With news that none of the other stars were leaving, that means other Cosafa stars, Peter “Rio” Moyo and Milton Ncube will still be around for Tshilamoya, who were also said to be on the verge of adding a few more big names to their books, including former soccer star of the year, Charles Sibanda.

Defender Zephania Ngodzo, Erick Chipeta and Witness Musanhu were also said to be on the verge of making their moves to Bosso, while deals have already been sealed with Njabulo Nyoni, Khumbulani Banda, Welcome Ndiweni, and Valetine Ndaba.

It will not be a stroll in the park for the Bulawayo giants, considering that Dynamos are also re-enforcing their squad, but with the Harare giants once again being involved in the gruelling CAF Champions League, Bosso could take advantage to tee off and make good their statement of intent before their nemesis can launch a late bid, as Dynamos always do.

A good finish is always the best, but also important is a good start to any league assault. With goal difference having proven to be very important in the last four seasons, Highlanders’ potent attack should give them a bit of leeway this season, but only if they can live up to the hype they have created with what they have, and what they could have, on paper.

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