Byo Chiefs play­ers join Mochudi Cen­tre Chiefs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

SOUTH­ERN Re­gion Di­vi­sion One League side Bulawayo Chiefs’ strik­ers Rem­ming­ton Ma­suku and Stan­ley Ngala have joined Botswana side Mochudi Cen­tre Chiefs.

The two play­ers im­pressed the Botswana side dur­ing a trial stint held in Gaborone a fort­night ago.

Mochudi Cen­tre Chiefs are now coached by for­mer High­landers gaf­fer Bon­gani Mafu and the clubs’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives were in the coun­try on Mon­day to com­plete the deal for Ma­suku and Ngala.

A source close to Bulawayo Chiefs said the Botswana of­fi­cials charmed Bulawayo Chiefs’ direc­tor Love­more Sibanda, who agreed to re­lease the play­ers on loan.

“Ma­suku and Ngala were re­leased on loan. I’m not privy to how long the loan spell is, but it wasn’t a per­ma­nent move,” said the source.

Re­peated ef­forts to get com­ment from Sibanda and Bulawayo Chiefs’ of­fi­cials were fruit­less.

Mean­while, Bulawayo Chiefs take on Hwange Un­der20 in a league match at the Col­liery this af­ter­noon.

With sec­ond-placed Ama­ga­gasi’s match against Black Boots post­poned to next week, Bulawayo Chiefs have an op­por­tu­nity to dis­lodge Ama­ga­gasi in the event they beat Hwange Un­der-20. Bulawayo Chiefs are third on the ta­ble with 31 points, two be­hind Ama­ga­gasi, and a vic­tory this af­ter­noon will take their tally to 33.

Re­turn­ing Bulawayo Chiefs coach Thu­lani Sibanda said his charges were ready for the en­counter.

“It’s good to be back at Chiefs and every­one looks geared up. My only ob­ser­va­tion is that most of the play­ers still lack fit­ness be­cause of that long lay­off af­ter the ac­ci­dent they had in Week Six. Strik­ers Qi­nani Sibanda and Tha­bani Moyo as well as de­fender Sikhum­bu­lani Dube are still out with in­juries sus­tained dur­ing the ac­ci­dent,” said Sibanda.

Also ruled out of to­day’s en­counter is mid­fielder Mengezi Dube, who is nurs­ing a mus­cle in­jury.

How­ever, they have Proud Zireni, Moses Ma­jika, Kundishora Chakanyuka, Gra­cious Mu­leya and Ash­ton Mh­langa to look up to.

Bon­gani Mafu

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