Dynamos have allayed any fears that the experienced pair of goalkeeper Washington Arubi and winger Benjamin Marere will not feature for them in the Caf Orange Champions League this season after joining Division One side Highfield United.
The duo signed long-term contracts, three years each, with the Twalumba Holdings-owned Highfield United on Wednesday afternoon.
Although the likelihood is that they will be loaned to Black Mambas, Dynamos secretary-general Oliver Manyau says they will feature for the Harare giants.
“We knew about the status of the players before we registered them for the Champions League and so they will be turning out for us in the competition and the league.
“We reached an understanding with their owners (Highfield) who had approached us towards the end of last season, so the arrangement was that they would loan back the players to us.”
Highfield chairman Zivanayi Chiyangwa could not readily comment on Thursday as he was attending a burial, but sources at the club said:
“We are not going to stand in the way of any player if they want a move. Not all the players we have signed are for Division One, they are Premiership material, so if they feel they can make the cut, we will release them on loan to those teams that need them.”
He added: “We should have the full list of all the players we need by Monday or Tuesday.”
Last season, Dynamos registered a number of players including Caps United’s Stephen Alimenda and Zephaniah Ngodzo for the Champions League, but failed to secure their services.
Hwange’s Farai Vimisayi was also registered but ended up playing in the Champions League only and not in the local Premiership as his side refused to clear him.
Marere is expected to line up with Evans Gwekwerere when they kick off their Champions League campaign, but a complication can arise because Mambas, also sponsored by Twalumba, have the first option to the players.
“The players belong to Highfield United, but have been loaned to Black Mambas for now. Anyone interested in them will have to negotiate with Highfield,” sources at Mambas said.
Highfield, powered by the financial muscle of Twalumba and its executive chairman Nkululeko Sibanda, also signed former Highlanders star Protasho Kabwe and Hwange’s Fortune Ncube.
“Kabwe has a three-year deal while Fortune signed for two years and will both be loaned to Mambas this season,” said Sibanda.
Kabwe shone for Highlanders last season but let his contract run out before seeking greener pastures as the Bulawayo giants dilly-dallied on a new deal.
Kabwe was accompanied by his brother Joseph, who turned out for AmaZulu under Madinda Ndlovu at some stage, to sign the deal on Wednesday.