Ma­somere tar­gets gal­axy of stars

The Manica Post - - Sport - Ray Bande Se­nior Re­porter

THE self-anointed doc­tor of foot­ball Luke Ma­somere is play­ing his cards close to the chest as he tries to lure a gal­axy of stars to the premiership debu­tants Man­ica Di­a­mond. The Gem Boys are not join­ing the 2019 Cas­tle Lager Premiership league to add num­bers, but to make a strong im­pres­sion and fin­ish the sea­son on a re­spectable po­si­tion.

“Look, we will not put the tech­ni­cal depart­ment un­der un­nec­es­sary pres­sure.

“This is go­ing to be our maiden premiership sea­son and our ma­jor con­cern is to en­sure the team fin­ishes on a re­spectable po­si­tion.

“We be­lieve we have the ca­pac­ity to as­sem­ble a team that will com­pete favourably at that stage of the game. If any sil­ver­ware comes along the way we will fight for it,” said club chair­man Masimba Chi­howa.

Man­ica Di­a­monds’ am­bi­tions have seen them plunge into an ex­cit­ing, but some­times cruel player trans­fer mar­ket where con­tem­po­rary mon­ey­bags — FC Plat­inum and Ngezi Plat­inum — have flexed their fi­nan­cial clout and dom­i­nated with ease in re­cent years.

With the curtain al­most com­ing down on the premiership sea­son and pave way to a po­ten­tially in­trigu­ing player trans­fer win­dow, a num­ber of stats have been linked with moves to Man­ica Di­a­monds.

Among them are Lib­erty Chako­roma and Ticha Mab­vura, who iron­i­cally trace their roots to the eastern bor­der city.

The Sakubva born duo is still con­tracted to Ngezi Plat­inum, but Chako­roma’s con­tract will ex­pire at the end of this sea­son.

Apart from Chako­roma and Mab­vura, diminu­tive and slip­pery Tri­an­gle FC winger Phineus Bhamusi, who also traces his roots to Mutare, is also un­der the Man­ica Di­a­monds’ radar.

So is rock steady for­mer Dy­namos de­fender Part­son Jaure and over­rated Dem­bare right back Peace Makaha.

Sources privy to the de­vel­op­ments also re­vealed that Dy­manaos problem-child Den­ver Mukamba is also be­ing en­ticed with a move the premiership new­com­ers.

Ngezi Plat­inum’s Mar­shal Mude­hwe and Dono­van Bernard are also be­ing con­sid­ered by the Mutare side.

Ma­somere re­fused to dis­cuss the mat­ter with the press for fear of jeop­ar­dis­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“This is some­thing that we can­not talk about at the mo­ment for ob­vi­ous rea­sons.

“Some of the play­ers that you have men­tioned are still con­tracted to their clubs, hence there is no way I can talk about some­one who is an em­ployee else­where,” he said.

“When the right time comes we will in­vite you and give our list of play­ers.

“Yes, we will have lo­cal play­ers in mind as we build a for­mi­da­ble team, but that does not guar­an­tee a place in the team.

“One has to prove their worth,” said Ma­somere.

. . .Ngezi Plat­inum duo of Ticha Mab­vura (left) and Lib­erty Chako­roma are be­lieved to be some of Man­ica Di­a­monds coach Luke Ma­somere’s tar­gets.


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