Ruzive bemoans Mutuma exit

HARARE - Yadah coach Thomas Ruzive reckons the departure of striker Roderick Mutuma is a “huge loss” for his club.

Mutuma’s contract with Yadah expired at the end of last season after spending only six months with the club and decided against renewing a new deal.

The nomadic former Dynamos striker, who also had a six-month stint with Bulawayo giants Highlanders last season until his switch mid-season to Yadah is currently training with CAPS United hoping to convince coach Lloyd Chitembwe to take him on board.

And Ruzive made no effort to disguise his disappointment in Mutuma’s exit and conceded that his side will no longer be the same despite the player’s chronicled struggles in front of goal last year.

“Mutuma is one of the players we had wanted to build our team around this year. Sadly, he had other plans and we need to move on,” Ruzive said to the Daily News.

“Of course we have a lot of replacements for him but his absence will definitely weaken us. It is always a blow to lose good players but at the same time it creates avenues for new players to shine.”

After surviving relegation on the last day last year, Yadah are not leaving any stone unturned in their quest to assemble a competitive side this season.

And in their bid to strengthen the squad, Yadah have signed former Dynamos forward Cliff Sekete who has been training with the team since they began their preparations.

They have also signed former Highlanders striker Ralph Matema, who is coming as a direct replacement for Mutuma while former Black Rhinos pair of Wilson Chakanyuka and Gift Mugabe are also training with the squad.

“We are happy with how things are going so far,” Ruzive said.

“We have players who we think can help the team improve from last season’s performance. What I have seen lately is very encouraging and we want to keep on working hard. If we can maintain the same desire and determination we will do well this year.”

As part of their preparations Yadah played several Premier Soccer League teams as well as visiting Zambian side Buildcon.

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