Denias ditches How Mine

CHIREDZI - Courage Denias has ditched the country’s African Orange Confederations Cup representatives How Mine a few weeks after joining the club.

Denias, who rejuvenated his career at Triangle last season where he was the top goal scorer, was registered for the continental competition by How Mine among a number of seasoned players after indicating that he wanted to play in the African Safari next year.

However, the former CAPS United striker opted to stay with Triangle than to move to Bulawayo with the gold miners.

How Mine coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube confirmed that they had failed to lure Denias away from the Lowveld despite already adding his name on their Confed Cup list.

“Courage Denias has made an about turn, he opted out of our team, he has been offered a better deal by Triangle,” Ncube told the Daily News.

“The fact that we had registered him shows that we really wanted him but we hadn’t signed him yet and he got a better deal at Triangle than we were offering and he left.

“But we still have some options and can’t be mourning too much over his departure because we have some quality players as well.”

Triangle chairperson Lovemore Matikinyadze said the club was surprised to learn that Denias had joined How Mine when they were still in negotiations for a renewal.

“We were surprised to read in the press that Courage had been registered by How Mine for the Confederations Cup because he has always been our player,” he said.

“Our intention is to retain all our best players including Courage and we will be issuing a statement soon on the players that we are signing for the 2014 season.”

The non-committal by Denias is likely to weaken How Mine’s strike force for the forthcoming season.

Chikurupati are now left with Simba Sithole and new boy Kuda Musharu as the only two recognisable forwards on their Confed Cup list.

How Mine recently announced the  capture of a number of seasoned players who includes Wonder Sithole, Malvern Samaneka, George Magariro, Blessing Sande, national Under 20 goalkeeper Bernard Donovan.

The 2013 Mbada Diamonds Cup runners-up will host Zanzibar side Chuoni in the first leg of the Confed Cup preliminary round qualifier on February 7-9 before travelling for the second leg a week later.

If the Zimbabwean side gets past Chuoi they will play the winner between St Michel of Seychelles and ASSM Elgeco Plus of Madagascar in the first round stage.

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