Most of the senior players, who turned out for Highlanders last year are club hunting for the 2011 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season, NewsDay Sport can reveal.
A check with sources close to the goings-on at Bosso revealed that most of the players’ contracts expired on December 31 last year and they were not willing to return to the club.
This follows the club’s failure to pay the players their salaries, allowances, winning bonuses and signing-on fees on time on several occasions.
One source said 90% of the players were leaving the club.
“All the senior players are leaving the club because most of their contracts have expired and who would want to remain with a club which does not pay salaries?” the source said.
The source said senior players like captain Gilbert Banda, Zephania Ngodzo, Bekithemba “Super” Ndlovu, Protasho Kabwe and Menard Mupera already have expired contracts.
Hard-working striker Francis Kanda, who joined Highlanders from Mutare’s Highway, is also expected to be leaving the club after a six-month stint.
“Gidza (Banda), Zeph (Ngodzo), Beke (Super), Mupera and Kabwe (Protasho) had their contracts expire at the end of last season and as we speak Mupera is in Harare looking for a club. Josta (Joel Ngodzo)’s contract also expired on December 31 and also Kanda (Francis),” the source said.
Another player who is believed to have reached the expiry date of his contract is defence stalwart Innocent Mapuranga.
From the look of things, it looks like even those players that have running contracts with the Bulawayo soccer giants are reluctant to return to the club.
Joel (Ngodzo), who is reportedly in South Africa on trials with Premiership side Vasco Da Gama, has been linked to a move to Caps United in Harare together with brother Zephania, who is also believed to be in South Africa on undisclosed business.
NewsDay Sport spoke to three players who still have running contracts with Bosso but revealed that if there was a chance to leave they would be abandoning Bosso.
“I had a contract with Highlanders that ended on December 31 last year. But if the team is willing to let me go, I would be very glad. I have been approached by Chicken Inn and Quelaton. So it is up to the club to release me,” the player said.
Another player said he had been approached by Caps United, Black Mambas and Monomotapa.
A senior player, whose contract expired, said he was definitely on the move but was not yet decided on where to settle.
“My contract has expired but I am not yet decided where to go. I am yet to decide,” the player said.
Some of the regular players who still have running contracts with Bosso are Gift Lunga, Eric Mudzingwa, Abraham Mbaiwa and Rahman Kutsanzira.
Kabwe, Mupera and Kanda have already been linked to Premiership debutantes Chicken Inn but the fast-food-outlet-sponsored team has rubbished the reports.