Simba Sithole move: Blow for How Mine

HARARE - How Mine coach Philani Ncube believes Simba Sithole’s departure to South African Absa Premiership side Ajax Cape Town will have a negative impact on his team’s 2014 season’s progress.

The gold miners coach, however, remained optimistic that they have enough arsenal to make a strong challenge in the African Confederation Cup and the league.

Sithole, who was How Mine’s leading scorer last season with six goals, signed for the Urban Warriors on Friday after impressing for Zimbabwe at the African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament which ended yesterday in South Africa.

The former Masvingo Christian College student penned a two-year contract with Ajax and will immediately join the side at the weekend.

“Well to be very honest with you I am very happy for him after I heard the news,” Ncube said.

“He is a seasoned player. He was maturing but we wish him the best. As for How Mine we will try and work on what we have. This is not the end of the world for us because if one door closes another one opens.”

Chikurupati are in the capital this weekend as they continue to prepare for their African Confederation Cup campaign and played against Harare City yesterday.

This afternoon, the gold miners are scheduled to take on champions Dynamos at Gwanzura Stadium. How Mine are using the matches to prepare for next weekend’s date with Chuoni FC of Zanzibar in the preliminary round of the Confed Cup.

Ncube revealed that they have brought in new players to beef up their squad in the wake of Sithole’s departure.

“We still have some good players in the team. We have just signed Godfrey Nguwudzawo from Harare City and Benjamin Marere (Dynamos) so we are confident we have the players who can deliver,” he said.

Meanwhile, interim Ajax Cape Town coach Ian Taylor had nothing but praise for the bustling Sithole, who is set to be the latest Zimbabwean to join the great trek to the Super Diski.

“Simba is a robust player in and around the penalty area. He is quick, strong on his feet and is not afraid to take on defenders in a one-one situation,” he told the Ajax official website.

“Sithole likes to be involved in the game, is very mobile in possession and his height will enhance Ajax’s aerial capabilities.”

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