Man­ica Di­a­monds FC mean busi­ness

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Ray Bande Se­nior Sports Re­porter

NEWLY formed Mutare-based foot­ball out­fit — Man­ica Di­a­monds — will start sign­ing con­tract agree­ments with pre­ferred play­ers to­day (Fri­day) af­ter an over­whelm­ing turnout of more than 230 play­ers dur­ing their trails where a galaxy of for­mer Premier­ship stars also came in their num­bers to try their luck.

The Man­ica Di­a­monds project, whose birth came as a huge sur­prise to many es­pe­cially in Mutare where foot­ball fans had been deeply yearn­ing for cor­po­rate part­ner­ship from di­a­mond min­ing ini­tia­tives in Marange, is promis­ing to be the next big thing for the game, not only in the province, but the na­tion at large.

The team is bankrolled by the Zim­babwe Con­sol­i­dated Min­ing Com­pany (Pvt) Limited op­er­at­ing in Chi­adzwa, Marange. Man­ica Di­a­monds head coach, Luke Ma­somere — the self styled ‘doc­tor of foot­ball’ — con­firmed that his team will start sign­ing play­ers to­day (Fri­day) as they seek to max­imise on the time left be­fore the start of the Eastern Re­gion Divi­sion One League.

“We will re­sume train­ing on Thurs­day (yes­ter­day). We gave play­ers that came for our tri­als time to go back to their for­mer clubs and get clear­ance let­ters.

“They are ex­pected to come to­day (Wed­nes­day) in time for Thurs­day’s re­sump­tion of train­ing and then go ahead with the con­tract sign­ing process. We are happy with the pool of play­ers that we got dur­ing our tri­als and we have no doubt that we will build a for­mi­da­ble squad ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing our goals as a team,” he said.

Ma­somere re­fused to be drawn into com­ment­ing on prospec­tive play­ers that he could be eye­ing.

“I re­ally can­not give names at this mo­ment sim­ply be­cause some of the play­ers might have run­ning con­tracts with other clubs. We can only talk about names af­ter we have put pen to pa­per with re­spec­tive play­ers,” said Ma­somere.

How­ever, Post Sport wit­nessed a galaxy of for­mer Premier­ship stars flock­ing the Man­ica Di­a­monds tri­als at Sakubva Sta­dium.

For­mer Dy­namos and Black Rhi­nos de­fender, Syd­ney Linyama, fel­low ex-DeMbare play­ers, Steven Ali­menda, Tawanda Mu­parati, for­ward Ben­jamin Marere, for­mer How Mine goal­keeper, Mun­yaradzi Dhiya, Si­mon Choenda, for­mer Eastern Li­ons and Cha­pungu left back Moses Gutu, for­mer Mutare City Rovers and Sha­banie Mine de­fender Wil­liam “Munhu” Map­fumo, Xolane Hadebe, Nel­son Tachi, ex-ZPC Kariba at­tack­ing mid­fielder, Pa­trick Dubbs and Philip Makanje are some of the well known for­mer Premier­ship play­ers who turned out for the Man­ica Di­a­monds tri­als.

The huge turnout at their tri­als at Sakubva Sta­dium cou­pled with the at­ten­dance of well known for­mer Premier­ship play­ers left many with rea­son­able im­pres­sion that the club would of­fer lu­cra­tive con­tracts for their play­ers.

Man­ica Di­a­monds has since made ef­forts to in­cor­po­rate a num­ber of Mutare­born foot­ball per­son­al­i­ties within their tech­ni­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tion ranks such as Lazarus “Ka­bila” Muhoni and Peter Ma­si­b­era who were part of the tech­ni­cal team that was as­sist­ing Ma­somere dur­ing tri­als at Sakubva Sta­dium.

Al­though it was not clear whether Ti­mothy “Si­cho” Masachi would also be part of the tech­ni­cal team, for­mer Masvingo United coach, Jo­hannes “Dutch Men­tor” Nhumwa is un­der­stood to be Ma­somere’s first as­sis­tant.

Tawanda Mu­parati

Steven Ali­menda

Syd­ney Linyama

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