Highlanders defender Zephania Ngodzo said he has had enough at the Bulawayo soccer giants and it is now time for a change.
Ngodzo, who was last week in South Africa trying his luck with league champions SuperSport United, said he would not renew his contract with Bosso which expired on December 31 last year.
Speaking to NewsDay Sport at Rufaro Stadium during the Warriors training session on Friday ahead of the African Nations Championships (Chan) finals, the Highlanders left-back said he has served his time at the club and it’s time to move on.
“I have not decided on what I want to do next, which team I will join but whichever team I’m joining it’s definitely not Highlanders,” said Ngodzo.
Ngodzo said although the club would remain part of his heart he has decided not to open a new deal because they have dismally failed to fulfil their promises.
“I grew up at Highlanders, they made me what I am today and I’m grateful for that. Bosso will always remain here,” said Ngodzo pointing to his heart.
“But sometimes we have to make these bold decisions because of circumstances beyond our control. The club owes me a lot of money and I cannot continue as if everything is normal.”
Super Zeph, as he is affectionately known by the Highlanders faithful, appealed to the club’s fans to understand his decision.
“I have served my part at Highlanders. I have played for them for the past seven years and I think it’s time for a change. I hope the fans will understand me. It’s not all about a name, I have made a name for myself already but I need to feed my family, pay school fees for my kid so I have to go where football pays,” said the player who graduated to the Highlanders senior team from the club’s juniors.
The 25-year-old defender said he is at the peak of his career and want to make the best out of it.
“I’m not getting any younger my brother and you know how this business of playing football works, you have to maximise all the opportunities while you can,” said Ngodzo.
He revealed that he failed to make it at SuperSport because the league champions had already exhausted their foreign quota. He however said there were other South African clubs who were chasing for his signature.
The hard-tackling defender who was earlier quoted in the press saying he would not join a local club has made a U-turn saying he will join any club if the offer is good.
He disclosed that cash-rich and Premiership new boys Mimosa has already made advances for him he would only make a decision after the Chan finals.
“They (Mimosa) did approach me but I have not met with the guys because I was in SA. I also had to rush for this camp so I have not been able to contact them.
There is also something I am working on in SA, and if nothing doesn’t come up now, maybe in June.
“I have heard that they (Mimosa) are offering good deals and remember these opportunities comes once in a lifetime so if the offer is good, why not?” added Ngodzo.
The Midlands-based team has been splashing cash of late and are reportedly trying to court all the crème de la crème of local football.
They have already captured Soccer Star of the Year finalist Charles Sibanda and former team mate at Motor Action Bheki Ncube and a lot more good players are expected to be swayed to Midlands.
“I will only make that decision after the Chan because you might rush into a deal here but find a better one during the Chan games. My focus now is to train hard and hope to get selected into the final squad. You never know who will be watching those games,” said Ngodzo.