Matawu, Kutyauripo headed for Triangle

HARARE - Former Zimbabwe international Clemence Matawu could make a return to the domestic league after it emerged the former Motor Action wizard is on the verge of signing for newly-promoted Castle Premiership side Triangle.

The Lowveld side has also stepped up the chase for Dynamos’ out-of-contract fullback David Kutyauripo, who is being offloaded by DeMbare following a fall-out with coach Calisto Pasuwa.

The Glamour Boys omitted the affable fullback from their African Champions League squad for next year.

The former CAPS United trio of Nyasha Mukumbi, Marvel Samaneka and Limited Chikafa as well as ex-Gunners star Pardon Chinungwa are also rumoured to be heading the same direction.

Triangle sealed promotion into the top flight league after a 42-year wait, becoming the first-ever team from that part of the country to achieve the feat.

The club is now looking to bolster their squad in the off-season in a bid to make an impression in their debut PSL season.

It is Matawu, at one time the finest player in the Zimbabwean league, who will be coach Gishon Ntini’s biggest capture if the former Poland-based star decides to join.

The 30-year-old Matawu last featured for Polish side Polonia Bytom in 2011 before returning home. On his return to the continent, efforts to join a South African side, Chippa United, failed to materialise.  

Triangle have already renewed contracts of the bulk of their championship-winning squad, which includes the former Dynamos pair of Leo Kurauzvione and William Mapfumo as well as the ex-CAPS United duo of David Sengu and Tineyi Meda.

 “We are chasing a number of good players because we want to make a huge impact in our debut season in the Premiership,” coach Ntini told the Daily News yesterday.

 “We have retained 23 players from last season and we are looking at bringing about six more players with Premiership experience. We have been talking to several guys like Matawu, Mukumbi, Samaneka, Chikafa, Chinungwa and Kutyauripo.

The former CAPS, Shooting Stars and Black Rhinos coach added: “Their deals should be sealed anytime soon and we want to send a strong message that we are coming to cause some serious upsets. I have been in the Premiership before and I know what is needed. We want people from the Lowveld to enjoy Premiership football after such a long wait and we are going to make sure we stay there for as long as possible.”

Meanwhile, Tripple B coach Friday Phiri has also declared his team ready for the PSL. Beitbridge-based Tripple B were promoted from the Central Region Division One.

“We are ready for the Premiership and everyone is excited about the top flight league. We brought Premiership football to Beitbridge and we are confident of doing well. We want to build our brand in the league,” Phiri said.

“We are looking at acquiring about 10 new players and we are also going to off-load those we felt didn’t perform well. We want to strengthen every department.” -
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