Warriors and Highlanders tough-tackling defender Zephania Ngodzo has set the record straight and confirmed his move to the cash-rich newly-promoted Premiership soccer club FC Platinum this season.
Ngodzo told NewsDay Sport on Thursday that he was not returning to his former employers after his contract with the Bulawayo soccer giants expired on December 31 2010, making him a free agent.
Speaking from Harare where he is in camp with the Warriors for the African Nations Championships (Chan), he said the platinum miners had given him a good offer which he could not resist and he could not stay at Highlanders who have been making false promises to players.
“I am definitely going to Mimosa; there is no doubt about that. The guys there have approached me and given me a good offer which I could not resist. I am playing for Mimosa this season,” Ngodzo said.
The hard-tackling right-back said he has not signed a contract with the Platinum miners yet because of Warriors commitments but after he is done with the national team, he is going to finalise the deal.
“I am in camp with the Warriors at the moment and after I am finished with business here, I am considering the offer by Mimosa,” Ngodzo said.
The platinum miners’ secretary-general Phil Muvengwa could neither confirm nor deny that they have approached the steely defender, save to say that the coaches were approaching a number of players and they would come up with their final list next week.
Muvengwa said: “We have not signed any player yet. I cannot say if that player has been approached but our coaches have contacted a number of players. By next week they will then present the list of players they want,” Muvengwa said.
Ngodzo, who last year was involved in a botched move to Harare soccer giants Dynamos, who registered him for their 2010 Champions League, said he still had Bosso at heart but he was tired of empty promises and the club still owed him some money.
“Soccer is business and its employment. I cannot be playing for a ‘thank you’. I have a kid who is attending school and a family to feed,” Ngodzo said.
After the end of the season last year, Ngodzo went to South Africa for trials before returning to join the Warriors for the Chan preparations.
His brother, stylish Joel “Josta” Ngodzo, has also been linked to FC Platinum together with Highlanders’ defender Innocent Mapuranga, who still has a running contract with Bosso.
Other players who have reportedly joined FC Platinum are the former Motor Action duo of Charles Sibanda and Bheki Ncube, Gunners’ trio of hitman Norman Maroto, goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube and Ali Sadiki and Dynamos’ Thabani Kamusoko.
FC Platinum have also confirmed having approached former AmaZulu coach Benjamin Moyo to head the technical department.