Mbara, Mashumba praised

HARARE - Highlands Park coach Allan Freese has praised the calibre of signings made by the newly promoted South African Premiership side which includes two Zimbabweans.

The Gauteng-based side made 12 signings ahead of the new season including former Dynamos captain Augustine Mbara and former Jomo Cosmos forward Charlton Mashumba.

The other new arrivals at the club are Collins Mbesuma, Thanduyise Khuboni, Zamuxolo Ngalo, Khethukuthula Zwane, Junior Sibande, Brandon Theron, Edwin Sitayitayi, Seun Ledwaba, JP van der Merwe and Lebogang Ditsele.

Mbara and Mashumba are not the only Zimbabweans at Highlands Park as former Warriors goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini is the captain of the side.

Kapini joined Highlands after he had been released by Amazulu and was part of the squad that won promotion to the Super Diski via the play-offs route. 

“I think we have signed in the right positions and we are hoping that we can get together as quickly as possible so that the players can gel. For us as a team and me as a coach the first priority is to stabilise the team,” Freese told Kick Off.

“I am happy because if we get too many players then we will get confused. We have some experienced guys that will come and help to take the team forward.

“With the squad that we have I firmly believe we will compete. I would like us to end as high as possible after consolidating our place. Let us see where we end but it has to be as high as possible.”

Highlands have been given an extra two weeks to prepare for the new season because their opponents on the opening weekend Mamelodi Sundowns have got African Champions League commitments.

“Fortunately for us seeing that we are not going to start with everybody, we have a two-week gap and we start on the 13th of September after everybody so we do have time. We hope we can still stay solid at the back,” Freese said.

“We hope we can still maintain that, last season as you saw we didn’t score enough goals and the team signed players in positions that we needed to strengthen.

“Upfront, we saw the need to strengthen by bringing in guys that can score goals. A guy like Collins has huge experience and is someone who has done well in the PSL and scored goals so I am very happy to have him.”

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