Transfer window closes today

HARARE - The Castle Premiership mid-season transfer window closes today with minimal player movements between local clubs.

With most clubs suffering from cash flow problems due to the liquidity crunch in the Zimbabwean economy, the player transfer market was relatively quiet this July.

The transfer window opened on July 1, but clubs seem to be either ignoring the opportunity to strengthen or holding off until everyone becomes a little desperate and bargains can be found.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is, however, expecting a lot of paperwork to be flying around today before the window closes.

“There was not much action in terms of player movement during this mid-season transfer window,” Elisha Mandireva, the league’s competitions manager, told the Daily News yesterday.

“Last year this period was quiet busy maybe because of the fact we had a team like Motor action that registered a completely new team altogether. 

“We hope by the end of today (yesterday) or end of day tomorrow (today) we might see more clubs coming to register their new players at our offices.

“Local clubs have a tendency of doing most of their transfer business on the last day and we expect our office to be busy tomorrow.”

The Footballers’ Union of Zimbabwe (Fuz) says there is now little movement of players between local sides because most of their clients have decided to suffer in silence at their respective clubs.

“There has now been a realisation by most players that most teams are failing to honour their contractual obligations,” said Fuz secretary general Paul Gundani.

“Teams like Shabanie Mine and Chiredzi FC owe their players thousands of dollars and those players are choosing to stick with those clubs though.

“The players are remaining there not because they are happy but they have just developed a wait and see attitude hoping that they can one day attract the attention of better-funded teams in the future.”

According to Gundani, they have approached the Zimbabwe Football Association and the PSL to find a solution to this problem of clubs holding players to ransom.

When the transfer window opened at the start of the month, defending champions Dynamos took the opportunity to register strikers Rodreck Mutuma and Fabrice Mbimba together with defender Elisha Muroyiwa.

The Glamour Boys are expected to add another goalkeeper to replace George Chigova before the window closes today.

Log leaders Highlanders beefed up their squad by adding Tapiwa Dephistara and Kudzai Machazane while Zephania Ngodzo could make a comeback to his boyhood club from Bantu Rovers.

This season’s surprise package, ZPC Kariba has added Elvis Meleka, Keith Mavhunga, Terrence Gonzo and Daniel Chakupe to their squad.

In the capital, CAPS United turned to the lower leagues for reinforcements when they swooped on Nicholas Alifandika and Honey Chimutimunzeve from World Navi Division One side Black Mambas.

League returnees Chapungu, who are hoping to avoid relegation, have lured back former captain Philip Marufu from Black Rhinos while William Ngonya, Blessing Zabula and Nigel Hunga have also arrived at Ascot Stadium.

Bottom club Chiredzi also assembled a completely new team after appointing Gishon Ntini to replace Moses Chunga last week.

The club added brothers Ronald and David Sengu alongside Muchineripi Muneri, who joined the club from Triangle.

The likes of Talent Mkondwa, Norman Togara and Pardon Chinungwa have also been added.

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