Highlanders release goalkeeper Sibanda


Bulawayo giants Highlanders have released experienced second choice goalkeeper Ndodana Sibanda.
The former Railstars, Zimbabwe Saints, Shooting Stars and Garankuwa United of South Africa shot-stopper signed a two- year contract at the beginning of the season, but has seen little action.
Club secretary general Andrew Tapela confirmed the divorce on the club’s official website, which he described as having been by mutual consent by both parties.
“The club would like to advise the supporters that Ndodana Sibanda is no longer a Highlanders Football Club player.
The agreement to terminate his two- year contract was mutual. As part of our culture of promoting players from our junior teams, we have since roped in young Bhekinkosi Ndlovu from our Under -18 squad in Sibanda’s place,” said Tapela.
Ndlovu will have to fight it out with another young but seasoned first choice goalie, Ariel Sibanda as well as Talbert Shumba.
While no confirmation could be established from Sibanda, it is believed that he could be going to city neighbours, Bantu Rovers or ambitious Hwange.
Hwange spokesman Burzil Dube said they had not signed any players during the current transfer window.
“We have not signed any players, but we could do so before 31 July (closure of transfer window),” he said.
Yesterday, Bantu also said they had not signed any players, but could also do so before the transfer window closes.
Sibanda featured in the first 11 once and that was in the 1-0 loss to Hwange where he put up a splendid performance, even though the team lost.
Meanwhile, technical manager Mohamed Fathi returned to Bulawayo yesterday from his native country, Egypt, where he had gone to see his new born son.
His departure for Egypt had sparked off widespread speculation amid rumours that he had thrown in the towel.
However, the club was quick to rubbish those rumours, saying the 36- year old gaffer had just taken leave to visit his family back home.