Bambo's Buffaloes' preps hamstrung

MUTARE - Buffaloes coach Moses Chunga’s preparations for the 2015 Castle Premiership season have suffered a huge knock after he was directed to register only three ‘civilian’ players by the army side.

What makes matters worse is the fact the Chunga was only notified of the decision at the weekend with the league set to start in two weeks time.

Chunga had been holding trials since early January and had chosen seven players who he intended to sign for this season.

“I am back at the drawing board after l had been directed to limit my civilian recruits to only three,” a dejected Chunga told the Daily News after his side’s 1-1 draw with Harare City at the weekend.

“l was told that due to the club’s financial position I had to make do with players under military employment already and mostly from those who were on loan to teams like (league debutants) Dongo Sawmills,” Chunga said.

Dongo Sawmills which won promotion from the Eastern Region Division One last season used the moniker Buffaloes Jnr due to its heavy reliance on the army side’s players.

The experienced and nomadic gaffer, who arrived in Mutare late last season to help the army side survive relegation, only has limited time before they take on defending champions Dynamos in their first game of the season.

Due to their compromised financial position, most of the Buffaloes players not contracted by the army went for months without a dime despite their efforts on the pitch.

Chunga’s predecessor, Luke Masomere spent most of his time moving around with a begging bowl to cater for these ‘civilian’ players during his stay with the side last season.

It was indeed a torrid time at Watungwa Watungwa and Masomere did not hesitate to move with the financially stable How Mine came knocking on his door.

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