Talen Vi­sion play­ers in­vited to Europe

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

SLOVAKIAN topflight side FC Vion have in­vited three South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One Soc­cer League play­ers — Mbekezeli Sibanda, Njab­ulo Mpofu and Tawanda Muchaya — who play for Talen Vi­sion, for tri­als.

The am­bi­tious South­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One Soc­cer League side’s man­age­ment will meet soon to dis­cuss trav­el­ling modal­i­ties for the trio who are likely to leave at the end of the sea­son.

Juma Phiri, Talen Vi­sion’s man­ager, said: “Re­ceiv­ing an in­vi­ta­tion from the Slovakian club to send the three play­ers for tri­als is good for the club and the boys. We’ve been work­ing on cre­at­ing re­la­tions with for­eign clubs and we’re happy that some of the boys who’ve been per­form­ing well have been pre­sented with such a good op­por­tu­nity to show­case their skills in Europe.

“How­ever, the club’s lead­er­ship will meet soon to dis­cuss is­sues to do with play­ers’ trav­el­ling ar­range­ments as well as their up­keep in Europe. As a club we don’t stand in play­ers’ way should op­por­tu­ni­ties for greener pas­tures avail them­selves and that is why the club’s man­age­ment will make a de­ci­sion which is in the best in­ter­ests of the play­ers.”

Sibanda, an at­tack­ing left-footed mid­fielder and de­fen­sive mid­fielder Mpofu are both 21-years-old while Muchaya, who plays on the right side of mid­field, is 22.

Juma said a Con­golese agent who fa­cil­i­tated the hir­ing of Slovakian coach Julius Si­mon as Talen Vi­sion’s tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor ar­ranged tri­als for the trio.

Si­mon started work­ing for the am­bi­tious Bu­l­awayo side last month, and over­sees Talen Vi­sion’s first team as well as pro­grammes for the club’s de­vel­op­ment sides.

The 55-year-old was capped 24 times by Slo­vakia dur­ing his play­ing days, scor­ing six goals be­fore hang­ing his boots in 2010 at SC Columbia in Aus­tria where he had spent three sea­sons.

Mean­while, the cham­pi­onship race con­tin­ues with Rovers play­ing host to Tech­no­sphere at Lu­veve Sta­dium to­mor­row while Chiefs face tricky Makomo in Hwange.

Talen Vi­sion, who are look­ing at fin­ish­ing the sea­son strong and prob­a­bly set a foun­da­tion for a bet­ter start next sea­son, face Black Boots at White City Sta­dium to­mor­row.

They will bank on mid­field trio of Sibanda, Mpofu and Michael Bhebhe, striker God­knows Sibanda and goal­keeper Wandile Ndlovu, who is on loan from Chicken Inn, as well the sea­soned duo of Hil­lary Madzi­vanyika and Si­mon Njeleza, who have Premier­ship ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mbekezeli Sibanda

Njab­ulo Mpofu

Tawanda Muchaya

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