Bosso close in on Prince, Zakhu

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ricky Zililo

HIGH­LANDERS are bank­ing on Prince Dube and for­mer Young War­riors striker Bukhosi Sibanda to solve their goal scor­ing prob­lems next sea­son.

The two play­ers who have been train­ing with High­landers for over a month af­ter failed stints in South Africa, fit well into the club’s re­build­ing ex­er­cise, whose fo­cus is on young­sters. Both play­ers are 21 years old, with Sibanda turn­ing 22 in Jan­uary and Dube a month later.

The duo were in South Africa for a year, with Dube opt­ing out of Su­perS­port United two years be­fore his deal ex­pired to re­sus­ci­tate his ca­reer while Sibanda, bet­ter known as Zakhu in foot­ball cir­cles, walked out on Cape Town-based First Divi­sion club Ubuntu.

On Tues­day, Chronicle Sport watched High­landers’ train­ing session at the Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium out­side grounds and the pair ex­hib­ited some breath­tak­ing moves.

They were seem­ingly happy with their Bosso team­mates and looked to have set­tled in well.

High­landers are keep­ing mum on how ne­go­ti­a­tions with the duo’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives are pro­ceed­ing.

Last month Bosso launched a crowd-fund­ing ini­tia­tive un­der the #buyPrinceDube, mak­ing it known that they had agreed terms with Dube, who is also on FC Plat­inum’s Caf Cham­pi­ons League wish list, and what is left is for High­landers to pay the player’s sign-on fee.

Bosso are re­port­edly mak­ing in­roads with Sibanda’s han­dlers to get the player on board.

High­landers’ chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Nh­lanhla Dube said: “We are in con­ver­sa­tion with the tech­ni­cal team around the for­ward plan­ning in ar­eas that they have got gaps. We should look at our con­ver­sion rate and this is one thing they have spo­ken about. They have said our rate hasn’t been as high as they would have needed it to be for us to be able to be higher up the Premier­ship lad­der.

“We have con­ceded 21 goals and scored 27. We ob­vi­ously should have been much bet­ter if our con­ver­sion rate was higher, but it’s also be­cause the var­i­ous op­tions that we have been work­ing on are prob­a­bly yet to de­velop to the level that they want in terms of at­tack­ing op­tions. They will be look­ing at that in order to find out whether we need to look be­yond Dube and Sibanda.”

Should High­landers se­cure Dube and Sibanda, they will com­pete for places with Tafadzwa Sibanda and Ti­nashe Makanda, who joined Bosso dur­ing the mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow. Tafadzwa has been a reg­u­lar fea­ture for Bosso while Makanda picked up an in­jury on his de­but.

High­landers also want to con­clude the sign­ing be­fore the end of the year so that they be­gin pre­sea­son with­out has­sles.

“Of course we are go­ing to­wards the end of the sea­son and we want to be able to do our busi­ness of the ad­di­tions of the squad be­fore the new sea­son.

“There is a whole is­sue of pre-sea­son plan­ning and train­ing and we want the squad to be al­most set by the end of the sea­son so that we send ev­ery­one away for hol­i­day know­ing when they will be back,” said Dube. — @ZililoR

Prince Dube

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