Gunners players eye SA, Mozambique moves


Premiership champions Gunners could be the next Zimbabwean club to experience player exodus as three of their players are set to join foreign clubs.
While South Africa is an obvious destination for most of the players, defender Asani Nhongo has left for Mozambique’s cash-rich Liga Muculmana where Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz is one of the shareholders.
Nhongo was one of Gunners’ major signings after his fine performances for Monomotapa in the African Champions League safari last season. However, he has struggled to stake a claim in the Gunners line-up due to a nagging ankle injury that almost brought his promising career to a halt .
Liga Muculmana is in the top flight league, the Mocambola, and was Edward Sadomba’s former club before he moved to Sudan.
Nhongo joins Eusebio Manuwere, Tendai Gwata and Liberty Chadzungira at the Mozambican club who are also home to former Njube Sundowns hitman Evans Chikwaikwai. Chikwaikwai was loaned there by his South African side, Bidvest Wits.
Mozambique has also become the destination for former Dynamos coach David Mandigora who recently took over at Costa do Sol.
Nhongo is set to be joined by Warriors’ defender Daniel Vheremu who is also reportedly being eyed by Platinum Stars of South Africa.
Meanwhile, reigning Soccer Star of the Year and Gunners influential attacking midfielder Ramson Zhuwawo is on trials with newly promoted South African Premiership side Vasco da Gama.
While no official confirmation could be obtained from team manager Wellington Mupandare yesterday, sources disclosed that Zhuwawo was at Vasco and had also been invited to Moroka Swallows.
“He left on Monday for Vasco and if there is no deal there, he will move on to Moroka Swallows for trials as he has also been invited,” sources said.
But according to reports from South Africa, Vasco are definitely interested in the player and the coach, Carlos des Neves is an impressed man.
Speaking in an interview with, des Neves said the Zimbabwean international had done well so far in training.
“We haven’t made a decision on him but so far he looks a very nice player.
“We are currently looking at a number of players and we have to be careful that we sign good players not just a name,” said the former Hellenic player.
Zhuwawo has joined Tshepo Tomanyane and Kabelo Rapulane, both from Carara Kicks, currently training with Vasco in the hope of impressing the club’s technical team.