Musona joins Platinum

HARARE - Walter Musona, one of the country’s brightest football prospects, has joined FC Platinum from the Aces Youth Academy on a two-year deal.

Musona, who is the young brother of Zimbabwe kingpin Knowledge Musona, spent the last six months of the 2013 season on loan at relegated Motor Action.

The Zimbabwe youth international had been on the radar of champions Dynamos, league runner-ups Highlanders as well as big spending South African side Mamelodi Sundowns.

Musona has been joined at the Platinum miners by another starlet from Aces Academy, Wisdom Mutasa as well as Stephen Sibanda from Buffaloes and Tarisai Rukanda, who joins from cross town rivals Shabanie Mine.

Mutasa, who is the son of Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa, was also a revelation at Motor Action, courting the attention of Harare City and Chicken Inn but the presence of his father Lloyd at Platinum swayed his decision to join the Zvishavane based side.

Platinum president George Mawere confirmed the signing of the four attack-minded players saying it is part of their quest to remain one of the most formidable and competitive clubs in the country.

“We have sought to boost our team by a number of new signings,” Mawere said.

“In line with our long term strategy of grooming local talent and giving exposure to players in our development sides, Under-19 and Guinea Fowls Academy, we have promoted Tatenda Dzumbunu, Livingstone Genti and Godfrey Chisango from Junior teams and DC Academy’s talented James Marufu.”

Mawere said his club will also strive to maintain its status as one of the most professionally run teams in the country and also venture into income generating projects so that the team becomes sustainable for a long time to come.

“To enhance the professionalism of our team we are also making strides to become a fully compliant club in all regulatory statues.  The focus on generating income also remains a top priority to ensure the long term sustainability of our soccer club.”

The miners, who finished fourth in the previous season, have already lost Welcome Ndiweni to Highlanders while midfielder Joel Ngodzo is on his way out alongside Warriors midfielder Charles Sibanda whose contract also expired.

Platinum also managed to ward off interest from Dynamos on their two top strikers Donald Ngoma and Nelson Maziwisa by giving them lucrative contract extensions.

Meanwhile, CAPS United have offloaded the  duo of Gift Phiri and Brian Mapfumo and are set to loan off Hardman Muchiso to make way for three players they have targeted during the transfer period.

“If anything we are not looking to sign on any big names,” said CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro.

“We have two strikers on loan, 19-year-old Keith Chikotoro, a striker who is at Masvingo United and 21-year-old Collin Dhuwa who was with Motor Action and we would want to bring these youngsters back. We will then perhaps look to sign one or two players that have been doing well in the Premiership.”

Comments (9)

Just hope the youngsters dont get wasted warming the bench coz they ar too many already, all attack minded players. It is the lure of the dollar which destroyed the bright prospect of Joel Ngodzo's career. He shld hv stayed on at Bosso wher he cld hve become the complete player he promised to be. Am a Dynamos fan and believe that altho my team isnt the most well managed, a bit of CAF Champions leauge football for some of the youngsters cld hv a great impact on their careers

Shepherd Tachiwona - 5 January 2014

Young players must be groomed and guided, let them take a leaf from Denver Mukamba, a little bit of sacrifice and petience will bring a big reward. They must join a team that will train them, mould, expose and market them, like Dynamos. Tell me how many players have gone to big clubs in recent times who are not from Dynamos. Can Mutasa coach his son? This can actually affect Wisdom, 1) Lloyd may fear nepotism and not field his son even when he deserves or2) Lloyd may practice nepotism, fielding his son at the expense of others even if he does not deserve it. Food for thought

Cloudius - 7 January 2014

At one time, FC Platinum signed almost all players on the soccer star of the year calendar and the following season, if am not mistaken, only one Charles Sibanda appeared on the list. Platinum is killing our players, i can give you a list of players playing in our national team who went there and now? Vheremu.D, Joel and Zephania Ngodzo, N.Maziwisa,Charles Sibanda, Norman Maroto, B.Marere, A.Sadiki, N. Togara e.t.c, they are many some i have forgoten, just go back to three seasons ago and check the list. How many players did Dynamos built and help to go to professional leagues and how many players did Dynamos relaunched after failing to continue with their careers elsewhere? Makwinji Soma, S.Murisa, G.Mushangazhike, K.Rinemhota, S.Sitole *2,T.Chinyama, T.Rusike, e.t.c. Just food for thought

Cloudius - 7 January 2014

Real - 7 January 2014

Mangwiro is crazy to offload Gift Phiri one of the upcoming youngsters in the league. how can Caps fight for the honours with such a coach. Twine please assist on this matter

hardlife - 7 January 2014

Hameno ikoko kumavheji,chimwana chababa vanosapota Caps chinogara chichichema kuchikoro nekuti chajaira kuona baba vachichema timu yavo yarohwa svondo rega rega

BLUE FOR EVER - 7 January 2014

First we must know which Gift Phiri is being off-loaded before we blame Mangwiro. I think real Kepekepe fans know we had two players by the name Gift Phiri. The younger one whom I understand had just come from Malawi is full of potential

kepekepebhora - 8 January 2014

Impressive this Zim Premier League is as there are not many 4reigners like in ABSA (SA). All these youngsters will surely get their chance for a long as the league keeps 4reigners at bay.

grenorrah begane - 9 January 2014

the malawian player at Caps United is Gerald Phiri, Gift Phiri is the palyer who joined Cpas United from Motor Action!

kossana munazareta - 9 January 2014

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