Platinum recall Maziwisa

HARARE - FC Platinum have boosted their 2013 Castle Premiership squad by recalling the country’s deadliest striker Nelson Maziwisa from his loan spell with crosstown rivals Shabanie Mine.

Although Maziwisa reverted to being a Platinum player at the end of last season, he was largely expected to join the great trek to the South African league this year after undergoing trials with Cape Town outfit Chippa United in November.  

Platinum however, yesterday confirmed the free-scoring striker as part of their squad for the upcoming new season.

Maziwisa had a fairy-tale 2012 season with Shabanie, netting 18 goals to win the Castle Premiership Golden Boot award.

The forward was also voted one of the 11 Castle Soccer Star of the Year finalists.

Maziwisa also earned his first Warriors call-up last season owing to his good scoring form for the asbestos miners.

“The 2012 PSL top-goal scorer, Nelson Maziwisa, Raymond Sibanda and Frankson Bushire have been recalled following a stint with neighbours Shabanie Mine FC,” FC Platinum said in a statement yesterday.

New Platinum coach Tenant Chilumba also lured defender Aaron Katebe and goalkeeper Petros Mhari from his former club Hwange.

Katebe was initially tipped to join champions Dynamos, but Platinum staged a transfer coup by enticing the highly-rated Zambian defender to Zvishavane.

Platinum also snapped up highly-rated Quelaton midfielder Mhleli Sibanda, who last season attracted the interest of several Castle Premiership clubs.

Zimbabwe youth internationals Elvis and Kelvin Moyo are also heading in the same direction after agreeing to move from Southern Region Division One League side Bantu Rovers.

The Moyo twins can play in any position across the backline with their versatility expected to give Chilumba a lot of options in defence.

Chilumba has also promoted Talbert Shumba and Terrence Rukweza from the junior structures.

“The new squad also sees the promotion of the second batch of players from the development side that plays in Division One in the Central Soccer League,” said the statement. - Sports Writer

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