A player exodus is looming at relegation-bound Bantu Rovers, with sources saying most of their senior players would be leaving the club next year to join either Highlanders or promoted Chicken Inn.
One source with close ties to Bantu Rovers told NewsDay Sport that Tshintsha Guluva would be loaning some of their players to the two Bulawayo clubs.
The source mentioned captain Danny “Deco” Phiri and Hebert “Huber” Dick as most likely going to Highlanders and Chicken Inn respectively.
“Bantu Rovers are already facing the chop from the league and most of their senior players are going on loan to either Chicken Inn or Highlanders come next year. I know of Deco who is said to be going to Highlanders and Huber crossing over to Division One side Chicken Inn, who are going to the Premier League. But I am sure they are not the only players that will be going,” the source said.
Another impeccable source said Chicken Inn would soon be approaching Bantu Rovers for experienced players like Arnold Tshuma, Hebert Dick and young Kudakwashe Mahachi to strengthen their squad as they join the Premiership next year.
However, Bantu Rovers secretary Wilbert Sibanda said his side was still a team and not yet disbanded but conceded he had also heard the rumours doing the rounds.
“That is only hearsay. These guys still have contracts with Bantu Rovers and we are still a team that will be playing next year. We have not been approached by anyone and I can only say there is nothing at present,” Sibanda said.
Chicken Inn secretary Tawengwa Hara could not be reached for comment yesterday as his mobile phone was not reachable.
However, after winning the Buscod Southern Region Division One Soccer League with four games to spare, Chicken Inn confirmed that they would be looking for experienced players to boost their team as they gained promotion into the Premiership.
Highlanders could also not be reached for comment on whether they have approached Bantu Rovers for Phiri.
Bantu Rovers salvaged a point from Caps United in Harare on Saturday after letting the Green Machine equalise in the second half when Sizalobuhle Dube had put them in the lead a minute into the second half.
As Tshintsha Guluva were kissing goodbye to the Premiership, their neighbours Highlanders chalked up another win on Sunday to make it nine-out-of nine for Mr Copper.
However, it looks like this feat will not improve their position on the log standings as they remain in third position, a spot they are likely to retain until the end of the season.
Bosso beat Eagles 1-0 at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday and have a stern test this coming weekend when they meet log-leaders Motor Action in the capital.
Motor Action and Dynamos are the contenders for the crown. Shabanie Mine dispatched Douglas Warriors 2-1 at Maglas Stadium while FC Victoria were the whipping boys of the weekend, losing 8-0 to police side Black Mambas.
Shooting Stars did not turn up for the match against Hwange at the Colliery on Sunday.