Manuvire hands in Harare City transfer request

HARARE - Harare City coach Moses Chunga revealed that star forward Raphael Manuvire has handed in a transfer request following another disappointing home draw against champions Chicken Inn yesterday.

The former ZPC Kariba playmaker penned a one year contract with the Sunshine Boys at the beginning of the season and enjoyed a lot of game time under former coach Taurai Mangwiro.

However, with the arrival of Chunga, the 2015 Soccer Star of the Year panellist has been a bit part player and has not been involved in his side’s last three matches.

Manuvire missed City’s last three matches beginning with the 1-0 defeat away to Border Strikers, a nil draw at home versus How Mine and yesterday’s one all draw against defending champions Chicken Inn at Rufaro Stadium.

“I think he has asked for a move so we will see what the club says. We are waiting for a decision from the club,” Chunga said after the game yesterday.

Probed on whether he was happy to let the talented playmaker leave, Chunga said: “...if she says she doesn’t love you what do you do?”

The Daily News on Sunday later caught up with former ZPC Kariba player, who opened up about his desire to look for another team where he would get time.

“It’s difficult to come to terms with how I suddenly fell down in the packing order from a first team regular and not to be found anyway near the bench and as a professional footballer whose life hinges of game time, I had a talk with my coach Chunga yesterday (Friday) at training and asked for a transfer,” Manuvire said.

“I don’t have any problems with the new coach but it was just a frank one-on-one with him where I aired my grievances. I will be meeting the club officials on Monday to finalise on the transfer issue but the truth of the matter is that I’m no longer interested in playing for City and I want out.

“I have several teams lined up which I can’t disclose right now and even if they try to block my transfer, I will simply buy myself out of the contract.

“I have served the club for almost half of my contract and would be prepared to pay back the other half since I was paid all my money for the duration of the contract.”

Manuwire said he reached the decision in a bid to save his international career with the Warriors.

“I still harbour intentions to play for my country but I reckon it will be very difficult without game time,” he said.

Turning onto the match yesterday, both City and Chicken Inn will rue the missed chances.

After a ponderous first half, the Sunshine Boys opened the scoring through captain Francesco Zekumbawire four minutes after the break.

Enterprising forward Ronald Chitiyo broke loose from the left flank and sent in a decent shot at goal which was parried back in play by Chicken Inn goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze.

Zekumbawire reacted fast to head home the rebound with the Gamecocks defence t sleep.

The visitors equalised in the 72nd minute through midfielder Pride Tafirenyika, who drilled a low shot past City keeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu.

Chicken Inn coach Rahman Gumbo said he was content with the point gained on the road.

“I think it was a fair result. We had our chances in the first half where we missed it and when we came back in the second half they were a better side I think they were much better organised in the second half,” Gumbo said.

“I’m not complaining with a point away from home. My team is work in progress at this point in time. I have got four players who have left and today (yesterday) I had four regular players who were out and had to make do with the players available but I’m still building the team.”

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