Highlanders to strengthen squad

Former PSL champions Highlanders are set to add a couple of new names to strengthen their squad during the forthcoming mid-season transfer window.

Highlanders Coach Bongani Mafu
Highlanders Coach Bongani Mafu

Highlanders chief executive officer, Ndumiso Gumede, confirmed to The Zimbabwean earlier this week that the technical department had already targeted a new striker, Obert Marcus Tafirei, from the lower divisions.

“Yes, the acquisition of new players is something that we will be working on with the guidance of the technical department,” said Gumede.

“They have already identified one striker and there is a chance that they might come up with more names. We are not targeting established players because they are the ones who come and give us problems here. We will target those that are unknown so that we can make them famous,” he added.

Highlanders have endured an inconsistent start to the campaign, and currently sit in seventh position with 18 points out of a possible 36. Their strike-force has not been as prolific as they would have wished, although the return to full fitness of the seasoned Obadiah Tarumbwa has improved things somewhat.

Bosso have scored four goals in their last two matches, half of them from the boot of returnee Tarumbwa. Ozias Zibande has been out with injury, while young Thomas Chidewu has looked out of his depth with just one league goal to his name.

Coach Bongani Mafu might also want to strengthen the midfield positions as well as central defence. There are real hopes that Highlanders might fare much better in the second half of the campaign if they can find the right players to plug the holes, especially after they looked impressive in their 2-2 draw away to FC Platinum on Saturday.

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