By Anashe Murombedzi
AMBITIOUS Premier Soccer League side Bulawayo Chiefs are expected to challenge for honours this season after a number of high-profile signings which have shaken the status quo in the top flight.
Well known for their social media banter with a huge following on twitter where they have been verified, Bulawayo Chiefs are slowing transforming their media space popularity into value after signing a number of big names during the transfer window.
With Warriors Midfielder, Kelvin Madzongwe being the latest to join the ambitious side, Bulawayo Chiefs are looking strong having the likes of former Simba SC and FC Platinum striker Perfect Chikwende in the ranks.
However, the big question is their source of funding given their challenges in the past.
But as expected the Ninjas have the answer.
“You cannot hire someone if you cannot pay them. The fact that we have hired them means we have spoken to them and made some agreements, paid signing fees and promised that we are going to meet our bid in terms of paying salaries, so basically the implication is we are ready to pay them if we cannot we wouldn’t have let them in,” said Bulawayo Chiefs Secretary General Dumisani Sibanda.
Bulawayo Chiefs have, however, dispelled rumours that they are on the verge of signing Warriors and FC Platinum first choice goalkeeper Petros Mhari.
“We are not signing Petro Mhari, I’m reading news on the Internet that he’s destined for Bulawayo Chiefs. All I can say for now is we have three goalkeepers and if he comes, he becomes the fourth however, as management we haven’t spoken about signing him,” he added.
Still in the transfer market, Manica Diamonds are also looking good after signing former Triangle United skipper Collins Dhuwa and Brighton Chayambuka, Nyasha Chintuli from Ngezi platinum as well as Liberty Chakoroma from Chicken Inn and Farai Muguna from Tenax.
Dynamos have descended on the West African market, with Last Jesi who was in Sudan now a Glamour Boy, while Emmanuel Parker from Nigeria is on the verge of joining the club.
Issa Sadiki has also joined Dynamos from Yadah.
An exodus is underway at Triangle United, with Timothy January and Donald Mudadi joining Harare City while Delick Mulimba is now a Ngezi Platinum player.
Harare City also have Donald Dzvinyai from FC Platinum and Tatenda Tumba from Caps United, while Juan Mutudza has joined FC Platinum from Dynamos.
ZPC Kariba seem to be attracting players from Dynamos after bringing in Newman Siachali and David Temwanjira.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwean players will have to justify their worth in Zambia after the Football Association of Zambia-FAZ introduced a quarter system for foreign players.
According to the FAZ Facebook Page, the quarter system will see each club being limited to five foreign players after submitting credentials for assessment and approval for registration by the national football association.
Foreign players will also not be signed for lower leagues to give upcoming Zambian players an opportunity to get more game time while those signed should have played for their national teams or in their nation of origin’s top flight.