Bosso raid Hwange for strik­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

BU­L­AWAYO gi­ants High­landers have made over­tures for the Hwange strik­ing duo of New­man Sian­chali and pint-sized Gift Mb­weti as they be­gin prepa­ra­tions for the 2017 sea­son.

Sian­chali was re­cently re­leased by Hwange after re­quest­ing for a con­tract ter­mi­na­tion last month when the coal min­ers failed to ful­fil agreed con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions and he is be­lieved to be train­ing with Bu­l­awayo City.

The pre­vi­ously un­her­alded Mb­weti was a rev­e­la­tion for Hwange and re­mains in con­tention to land the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship Golden Boot ac­co­lade. He is presently two goals shy of vet­eran Caps United striker Leonard Tsipa head­ing into the last two rounds of matches of the 2016 sea­son. Mb­weti, who is al­most cer­tain to be among the Cas­tle Lager Soc­cer Stars of the Year, has scored nine goals.

Sources told Chron­i­cle Sport yes­ter­day that mem­bers of the High­landers’ Hwange Sup­port­ers Chap­ter were han­dling the ne­go­ti­a­tions and Bosso chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ndu­miso Gumede had also spo­ken to Sian­chali.

“He asked the player to ta­ble his de­mands for the club to look at. I think from the way things are go­ing, Sian­chali could be play­ing for High­landers next sea­son and chances are also high that Mb­weti will join him at Bosso,” said a source. Mb­weti’s con­tract with the coalmin­ers runs out at the end of next sea­son.

High­landers have been strug­gling for goals since the de­par­ture of Bruce Kangwa for Azam in Tan­za­nia, but the left-footed player was also not a nat­u­ral striker.

De­spite leav­ing for Tan­za­nia some­time back, Kangwa is still the club’s lead­ing scorer with seven goals fol­lowed by Prince Dube and resur­gent mid­fielder Si­mon Mu­nawa on five goals each.

High­landers have been re­ly­ing on Nh­lanhla Ndlovu, speed­ster Gabriel Ny­oni and vet­eran striker Ralph Matema, who is, how­ever, in­jury prone and can­not be re­lied on next sea­son.

Young Dube though has been heav­ily in­volved in most goals his team­mates have net­ted. High­landers’ coach Erol Ak­bay re­cently con­firmed that he was in the hunt for sea­soned strik­ers to com­ple­ment his young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced strike force. — @ skhu­moyo2000

Gift Mb­weti

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