Makonese resurfaces at How Mine

BULAWAYO - Forgotten former Zimbabwe international and Orlando Pirates defender Zvenyika Makonese has resurfaced at How Mine where he is hoping to earn a contract and re-launch his career.

The giant defender’s career took a nosedive after he was released by South African Absa Premiership giants Pirates in 2011 and has failed to settle down at any club ever since.

How Mine head coach Philani Ncube said Makonese was trying his luck at the African Confederation Cup campaigners.

“He is here to try his luck like everyone else. We are looking at a number of players and as of now it’s too early to say whether they will be in our plans or not,” Ncube said.

“We are giving everyone a chance. We are not looking at names but performance.”

The gold miners have seen a big influx of players at their pre-season training sessions as a number of hopefuls aim to catch Ncube’s eye.

Another notable player who is trying his luck at the club is former Dynamos and FC Platinum winger Benjamin Marere.

Former Gunners and Shabanie Mine midfielder Fungai Chirinda is also undergoing trials at the Bulawayo club.

Ncube, who guided the gold miners to a runners-up place in the Mbada Diamonds Cup last season, is pleased with the club’s performance on the transfer market thus far.

Chikuripati have already sealed the signatures of ex-Dynamos and Buffaloes midfielder Wonder Sithole.

Former Dynamos and CAPS United captain George Magariro has also joined the club.

Marvel Samaneka, who spent the better part of last year without a club after he was sacked by CAPS United, has also completed his move to Bulawayo.

How Mine will play against Chuoni FC of Zanzibar at the beginning of February in the first leg of the African Confederation Cup at Barbourfields Stadium.

Meanwhile, Ncube revealed that How Mine will play a friendly match against Dynamos at Ascot Stadium in Gweru next Wednesday.

The match is meant to give the teams a good picture of what they have covered so far in terms of preparations for the African safari.

“We chose to play Dynamos because they are in the Champions League and it will help both teams in their preparations.”

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