Ngezi be­gin preps for African sa­fari

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

ZIM­BABWE’S Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup rep­re­sen­ta­tives Ngezi Plat­inum have be­gun prepa­ra­tions for the cham­pi­onship with the club set to in­vade the mar­ket in an ef­fort to beef up its arse­nal for the gru­el­ing jour­ney.

The league debu­tants qual­i­fied for the tour­na­ment af­ter win­ning the Chibuku Su­per Cup where they put up a top drawer per­for­mance against pre-fi­nal tour­na­ment favourites FC Plat­inum who they con­vinc­ingly beat 3-1 in the fi­nal played at Baobab Sta­dium last month.

“We re­main con­fi­dent that we are go­ing to re­tain the bulk of our play­ers but know­ing the de­mands of the tour­na­ment we are par­tak­ing in, we will cer­tainly in­vade the mar­ket in an ef­fort to take with us a for­mi­da­ble line-up to Africa,” said Ngezi Plat­inum coach Ton­der­ayi Ndi­raya on the side­lines of the 2016 Soc­cer Stars se­lec­tion process held in Harare early this week.

Ndi­raya said they are go­ing to beef up in all the departments.

“Be­fore the fi­nal a plan was al­ready put up to pre­pare us for these kind of things and when we won the cup, we just had to put this plan into mo­tion. Play­ers have been iden­ti­fied and ne­go­ti­a­tions are al­ready un­der­way but at this stage we can’t re­veal the names of play­ers we have tar­geted,” said Ndi­raya.

One of the key play­ers in the plat­inum min­ers’ plans is be­lieved to be Bu­l­awayo City skip­per Xolisani ‘Scara’ Moyo who Ndi­raya has been keep­ing track of.

While Moyo still has one year re­main­ing on his con­tract with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity side, fail­ure by the club to meet its own con­trac­tual obli­ga­tion might sway the tide into the player’s favour. Moyo, like a num­ber of his col­leagues is yet to re­ceive his sign­ing on fees.

“Ngezi Plat­inum is sta­ble in terms of ad­min­is­tra­tion and play­ers’ wel­fare hence our de­sire not to tam­per with the squad much but at the same time be­ing fully aware of ex­pec­ta­tions from the man­age­ment when we go out there in Africa. Our ma­jor dis­ad­van­tage is where we are lo­cated, ru­ral Mhon­doro and it will take a lot of ne­go­ti­at­ing to bring some of the best tal­ent to this part of the coun­try but we are con­fi­dent of bring­ing in a few big names,” said Ndi­raya.

Sources re­vealed that about seven Dy­namos play­ers have shown in­ter­est in hook­ing up with their for­mer gaffer but Ndi­raya is said to have been skep­ti­cal about the play­ers’ be­hav­iour af­ter some stopped train­ing with the Glam­our Boys in an ef­fort to force the club into sanc­tion­ing them or re­leas­ing them on dis­ci­plinary is­sues.

“Ndi­raya is a clever coach. He could not take on board ill dis­ci­plined play­ers be­cause they can still do the same if things don’t go the way they want so I don’t think we will have a Dy­namos player join­ing Ngezi Plat­inum,” said source.

If Ngezi Plat­inum reach the group stages of the cup com­pe­ti­tion they will get $275 000 up from $165 000 with more than a mil­lion dol­lars await­ing if they lift the cup.

Los­ing fi­nal­ists of the con­ti­nen­tal tour­na­ment will get $625 000, with the semi-fi­nal­ists pock­et­ing $450 000 while quar­ter-fi­nal­ists are guar­an­teed of $350 000. — @Skhu­moyo2000

Ton­der­ayi Ndi­raya

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