Newly promoted Mimosa Football Club have landed the signatures of Motor Action striker Charles Sibanda and captain Bheki Ncube, NewsDay Sport can reveal.
Sibanda, born in Entumbane, Bulawayo, has snubbed the Mighty Bulls maiden dance in the Caf Orange Champions League accusing the Mighty Bulls of offering him peanuts.
Impeccable sources say Sibanda underwent medical tests in Bulawayo on Wednesday and together with Ncube, will put pen to paper on Friday once they get their clearance letters from Motor Action.
Both players’ contracts expired on December 31 last year.
The duo did not take part in the first training session on Wednesday, despite insistence from the Bulls bench that both players were on their way to Harare.
“We had a bus that went to Bulawayo this week to collect players and right now as we speak a lot of players are at the mine trying to tie up deals, but for those two (Sibanda and Ncube), they will definitely sign,” said a source.
Another source close to the players confirmed last night: “Bheki and Charles Sibanda met with guys from Mimosa on Tuesday in Bulawayo and the two players agreed to join the new team.
There are few issues left for the players to sort out with Motor Action but they all agreed to join Mimosa on two-year contracts,” added the source.
Motor Action team manager Johnson “Schoolboy” Mhungu was still adamant that the duo would sign for the league champions.
“I spoke to Charles today (Thursday) and he told me he is in Harare now and we expect him at training tomorrow (Friday) but Bheki said he is on his way to Harare tomorrow (Friday),” said Mhungu.
However, as Mhungu is expecting the duo to come and start negotiations for new contracts, a source close to the players said the two want out.
“They are not coming to negotiate new contracts but they are coming to get their clearance from Motor Action. They have seen enough, the club promised them a lot but failed to deliver and I think that is the reason they don’t want to sign new contracts,” said the source.
Mimosa are reportedly chasing the signatures of PSL 2010 top goalscorer Norman Maroto, John Kapenya, Under-20 international Denver Mukamba, Joel Ngodzo, his brother Zephaniah, Norman Togara, and Tafadzwa Dube among other host of players.
Mimosa lifted the Central Region title thanks to a steely defence marshalled by veterans Godfrey Dondo and Moses Mwafulirwa who only shipped in eight goals.
Controversial national Under-23 striker Donald Ngoma led their strike force at his leggy best, pumping in 14 goals for the platinum miners to cap the season as the region’s top marksman.